Rico Gordon murder trial: Man shot during visit to Bristol for St Paul's Carnival
A MAN who came to Bristol for the first time to visit St Paul’s Carnival ended up being shot, a jury was told.
Hezekiah Davies told Bristol Crown Court he and friends came to the city from London in July last year.
He said he was smoking a cigarette at their car, near the Coach House pub in Stapleton Road, when shots rang out and he “ducked down for his life” and ran.
He later realised he had been shot and wounded twice.
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Bristol Crown Court has heard that, in the same incident, 21-year-old Rico Gordon received a ricochet bullet to his head and died at the scene.
Two men from London are on trial charged with killing Mr Gordon on July 3 last year.
Shakah Anderson, 31, denies murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Rickel Adams, 27, denies murder, possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and two charges of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, concerning wounded Mr Davies and Isabell Brant.
Mr Davies couldn’t recall if he went to the pub, but remembered a lot of people coming from that direction.
He said shots rang out as he smoked outside his friend’s parked car.
He told the jury: “I was still outside the car and it came from behind me.
“There were several gun shots and I ducked down for my life and tried to get in the car. Then I just panicked and ran.”
Mr Davies described running up the road, in the opposite direction of the shots.
He said: “I felt pain on my left hip.
“I was running straight so I didn’t look behind. I could still hear gunfire. There wasn’t anyone in front of me firing a gun. I didn’t see I had been hit.”
Mr Davies said instinct made him take his top off as he ran, in case someone had mistaken him for someone else.
He described how he could see he was bleeding and he had been shot twice.
He said his friend Rayson White called his name and he got into the front passenger seat of his friend’s car.
Mr Davies said it seemed like one minute they were there and the next minute they were at Bristol Royal Infirmary.
It transpired a bullet had gone through him and a second round was lodged next to his sciatic nerve, near his spine, and surgeons decided to leave it there.
Mr Davies said he had met Rickel Adams previously but did not recall seeing him that night and had no idea there were other people coming from London.
The case continues.