Sheffield party shooting killer ‘boasted of firearm’

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A MAN accused of murdering his cousin at a birthday party bragged of carrying a gun hours before shooting the teenager dead, a court heard.

Abdi Omar, aged 25, killed 18-year-old Deeq Ali at a party at the Spital Hill Plaza in Burngreave, Sheffield.

Omar, nicknamed Ammo due to his name, fired a gun into revellers who were ushering him out of the venue, and the bullet hit Deeq.

A friend of the pair, Khatan Shaibi, told Sheffield Crown Court Omar boasted he was carrying a firearm, saying: “I’ve got a gun - and I want to let it off.”

Mr Shaibi said Omar made the claim while chatting with a group of pals outside Burngreave Library, opposite the Plaza, on October 29 last year.

He told jurors Omar was drunk and ‘acting brave’.

“That’s what he does when he gets drunk - he acts like he’s 10ft tall,” Mr Shaibi said.

“He said something that just blew my mind. I don’t know if it was the alcohol or just him, but he said to me, ‘I’ve got a gun, and I want to let it off at your friends’.

“I replied by saying, ‘Chill out, you’re just drunk’. He realised it was a bit stupid, so he said, ‘I will just shoot over the top of their heads to scare them’.”

Mr Shaibi said he went to the Plaza at around 1.30am, and trouble broke out after around an hour.

“An Arab guy was having a confrontation with an African guy,” he said.

“Ammo just went straight forward and tried to join in.

“A couple of guys said, ‘He’s got a gun’.

“I looked to my right and saw Deeq Ali walk up to Ammo to start pushing him to the door.

“I just heard a bang and saw a flash coming from Ammo’s right shoulder. It was very quick.”

Mr Shaibi said he fell to the floor, and when he got up Omar had gone.

“Deeq was on the floor bleeding from his head. Most of my friends were crying. It was just really sad.”

Deeq, of Catherine Road, Burngreave, suffered massive gunshot injuries to his head.

Omar admits pulling the trigger, but says he didn’t intend to hurt anyone.

He denies murder, as well as possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence by pulling out the weapon and threatening to kill a man.

The trial continues.