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Brent gang members broke into Enfield home where young man shot twice with shotgun

mylondon– Two gang members who were part of a group who broke into a house and shot a young man twice as he tried to barricade himself behind a door have been pictured for the first time.

Asharn Williams, 22, and and Mickell Barnett, 21, were found guilty of attempted murder on Tuesday, July 13 after a six-week trial at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

The jury heard a two-car convoy of gang members – including Williams, of Tylers Gate, in Harrow, and Barnett, of no fixed address – travelled from Brent to a home in Enfield.

Armed with a shotgun the gang broke into the home just before 1am on February 23, 2019.

Three occupants inside the property, fearing for their lives, fled upstairs.

Among them was a 26-year-old man – unconnected to gangs -who tried to barricade himself behind a flimsy internal door, pushing against his attackers to try and save his life.

The shotgun was fired twice through the door hitting the victim’s abdomen, causing life threatening injuries.

The attackers then ran off, leaving the victim seriously wounded, and returned to Brent.

The victim’s mother said: “The shooting was gang-related, however my son is not and has never been part of a gang.

“As a result of being shot close hand with a faulty shotgun, my son sustained significant injuries during the incident.

“On his road to recovery he has undergone numerous surgeries and is also likely to be subjected to more surgical interventions in the future to try and manage some of the damage that has resulted from the attack.

“The impact of the shooting has been significant. In addition to managing the physical injuries, we have also been left extremely traumatised as a result of the shooting.”

Although there were no forensics at the scene, via painstaking analysis of automatic number pate recognition – ANPR – and phone evidence, detectives placed Williams and Barnett at the scene of the attack.

The prosecution also showed the jury evidence from a drill music video which revealed both Williams and Barnett, and which featured other gang members.

The investigation revealed gang tensions around North West London identified a motive for escalating violence in the area.

DC Anthony Sinclair, of Operation Trident, said: “This was a completely mindless attack on a young man. The defendants’ actions were callous and heartless – effectively leaving a man to die at the scene.

“The victim is still recovering from his injuries. The impact on the victim and his family have been devastating.

“This has been a trying and challenging case but I’m extremely relieved that today a jury found them guilty of the crimes. It takes dangerous offenders off the streets and helps keep London safe. ‘’

They will be sentenced on Friday, 24 September at the same court.

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