Rico Gordon murder trial: Sister saw flash and heard gunfire
THE sister of shooting victim Rico Gordon told a jury she saw her brother after he was fatally shot.
Calita Gordon said she and friends drove from London for the night of St Paul's Carnival and met up with Mr Gordon and his friends, including Rickel Adams.
She estimated four gunmen fired shots in an incident which happened near the Coach House pub in Stapleton Road, leaving her brother dead.
Two men from London are on trial charged with the 21-year-old's killing on July 3 last year.
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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.
Miss Gordon said she and four women friends drove to Bristol in her mother's car, and she saw Rico as well as other men including Adams. She said her friends and the men went to the Coach House, and she witnessed the aftermath of some kind of trouble in which men looked angry.
She told the court: "There had obviously been a dispute of some kind. I could still feel tension, but it was finishing."
Miss Gordon said she and her friends left, and she was stood at their car nearby when she heard words like "What are you saying now?", directed at a group of men which included her brother.
With that, shooting started.
She said: "I saw a flash and I heard a gunshot. I heard more than one gunshot. I lowered myself to the ground. The flash was close to his (the gunman's) stomach area. I was down, and I went into the car."
The jury heard how Miss Gordon and her friends drove off, before someone said: "Go back for Rico."
She said: "I became anxious. I went back to the scene and I saw a shape in the road."
The jury heard it was her brother.
With a soft voice she told them: "He was still breathing. I could see that he was badly injured."
Earlier Mohamed Sahardid, speaking behind screens and via an interpreter, told the jury he was at the busy Coach House with his girlfriend and when a fight broke out they left.
He said he and his girl got back into his rented Golf car, parked in a triangle-shaped area near the railway bridge, and he wanted to get away because people around were "hyper" and the atmosphere wasn't good.
Mr Sahardid told the court: "I saw a man with a gun in the side mirror. He was between the car and a tree.
"I recognised he had a gun. I told the girl with me that the man had a gun. He was bent down. He was loading the gun."
The witness said he turned off his headlights "just in case" and reversed his car from the scene, without hearing gunshots.
He said about half an hour later a friend rang him and said a person who looked like him (Sahardid) had been shot.
The case continues.