A TEENAGE gunman who fired bullets randomly into a crowd as up to 100 gang members clashed in the street has been jailed for twelve years.
Mahad Hersi, 17, shot an innocent bystander in both legs when violence flared up between rival gangs in Uxbridge Road, West Ealing.
Then aged just 16, he fired up to five bullets into the crowd, leaving a 16-year-old with potentially life-threatening injuries.
Hersi ditched his weapon and clothes but then revelled in his notoriety in boastful texts to friends.
In one, he wrote: "If I get bagged, I’m facing life or IPP (imprisonment for public protection)", and in another he claimed to be paranoid if not carrying a gun.
Hersi, a member of the Purple Hayes gang, was jailed for twelve years at Blackfriars Crown Court on Tuesday (20) and will be on an extended licence when released after the judge said he continued to pose a risk to the public.
The fight between two rival gangs which left several people severely injured broke out at a party in Island Spice takeaway about 2am on December 16 last year.
Prosecutor Paul Cavin said it resulted in ‘running battles and the use of weapons from Tasers to firearms.
Hersi’s victim, who was not a gang member and who cannot be named because of his age, suffered potentially life threatening injuries when a bullet pierced his left thigh and went into his right leg.
Mr Cavin said: "Amazingly it managed to avoid any major artery and he needed very little treatment."
Hersi’s jacket was found abandoned in a nearby car park covered in gun discharge residue.
The teen claimed his jacket had been stolen at the party by someone else who then fired the shots at the crowd.
Police traced him by a housing association letter found in the jacket, and discovered the incriminating text messages still on his phone.
The gun, a 9mm pistol, was found the next morning discarded in a nearby garden.
Judge Peter Clarke QC, said: "One of the most disturbing facets of this case is the Browning semi-automatic, found some quarter of a mile north of Uxbridge Road, had ten rounds still in the magazine handle not discharged.
"I am entirely satisfied that they had not been discharged because the gun had jammed.
"It takes little imagination to decide what the remaining ten rounds could have done to the crowd of people who were running away."
Swedish born Hersi moved to the UK aged nine and has three previous convictions, for a knife-point street robbery in November 2010, possession of a knife at Hayes station in March 2011, and possession of an offensive weapon in September the same year.
He was convicted of possession of a firearm, wounding with intent, and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Hersi, of Hayes, was jailed for twelve years and ordered to serve at least two thirds of his sentence.
He will also be under a licence period extended by four years on his release from prison.