WATCH: Police appeal to find man who fired handgun at party
This mobile phone video captures a man 'showing off' by firing a handgun at a party.
It was discovered on a phone seized from Yusupha Sarr who hours later fired a sawn-off shotgun in a Smethwick street at a rival gang member.
Sarr was today detained for 15 years for possessing a banned firearm with intent to endanger life while associate Christ Lidiu - caught on CCTV dumping a bag of shotgun cartridges - was jailed for three years for perverting the course of justice.
West Midlands Police today released the footage in a bid to trace an unidentified reveller shown at the party in Birmingham.
Both men - who appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court for sentencing having admitted the offences - are linked to a Birmingham street gang known as ‘23 Drillas’.
Detective Constable Nick Taylor from West Midlands Police Force CID, said: “Both Sarr and Lidiu are young men, still in their teens, but are now paying a heavy price for getting drawn into gangs. They can expect to spend much of their lives locked away from society unless they change their ways.
“Sarr showed a blatant disregard for the law in discharging an illegal firearm in a residential street. We don’t believe anyone was injured - but clearly this kind of reckless behavior can have catastrophic consequences and innocent members of the public could have been hurt.
“While analysing Sarr’s mobile phone we came across a short video clip of a man firing a handgun… we believe the individual was showing off rather than firing at anyone. It’s suspected the clip was filmed at a property in Birmingham on the evening before Sarr was arrested.
“Enquires are ongoing to trace the man involved and I would urge anyone who believes they recognize him - or has any information about the video or the location it was filmed - to get in touch with us.
“The information can be passed to us in confidence - we don’t need to know the names of anyone providing information - we just want to get what appears to be a dangerous individual off the streets."
Anyone with information is urged to call the Birmingham Gangs and Organised Crime Unit at West Midlands Police on the 101 number - or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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