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A gang who shot at a rival criminal as part of a feud have been jailed for more than 30 years.
Ismail Hussain invited his drug dealing rival to a meeting to resolve an ongoing feud between the pair at Moorway Lane, Derby.
The victim, along with a friend, drove to the quiet suburban location just before 6pm on Tuesday 12 May 2020.
Hussain was already waiting in a white VW Golf with three other men - Daniyal Riasat, Andre Bushay and Abdullah Mohammed.
As the victim walked towards the car, he quickly realised Hussain had not come alone. Bushay and one of the other men pulled out a pair of handguns and fired five shots.
The victim scrambled back into the car, amazingly not hurt by the gunfire, and fled the scene.
Detectives investigating the incident found the meeting, and subsequent shooting, had been set up following an incident that occurred at Hussain’s family home in Sale Street, Derby, on 27 April 2020.
At around 10pm a brick was thrown through the window of the terraced house in an escalation of a feud concerning the supply of drugs in the local area.
Seeking retribution, Hussain enlisted the help of fellow criminals from Oxfordshire in the form of Bushay, Riasat and Mohammed to target the man believed to be behind the attack.
Intelligence received from the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit showed how the group planned the shooting – securing the guns, car and false registration plates used in the attack from others in the Derby and Oxfordshire areas.
In total nine men pleaded guilty to their part in the shooting with the quartet present at the shooting admitting to a charge of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
While Omar Ali, Zain Riasat, Numaan Hussain, Mohammed Zan and Hamza Shahzad all admitted to assisting an offender.
Over two days at Derby Crown Court eight of the nine men were sentenced to the following jail terms:
Daniyal Riasat, 24, of no fixed abode, will be sentenced at a future date.
Detective Constable Alistair Orpwood, who led the investigation, said: “That nobody was killed or seriously hurt during this shooting was thanks to sheer good fortune.
“The firing of two handguns in a quiet suburban street shows the level of violence that this group are prepared to use and their jailing is clearly good news for the communities in Derbyshire and Oxfordshire.
“This type of incident is thankfully relatively rare in our county and I hope that the investigation and conviction of this group sends the clear message that it will not be tolerated by this force.”
Detective Constable Emma Bohne, of the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit (SEROCU), said: “Intelligence developed by SEROCU led to the swift identification and arrest of Andre Bushay.
“By working in collaboration with Derbyshire Police and the National Crime Agency, SEROCU was able to assist in this investigation by ensuring this individual was quickly apprehended, allowing him to be brought to face justice for a crime which, only by chance, did not have far more serious consequences.”