Witnesses injured in gunfight after carnival tell court of their terror
A JURY heard several people received bullet wounds on the night a man was shot dead after St Paul's Carnival.
A number of witnesses gave statements relating how they became embroiled in a gunfight on Stapleton Road and fell victim to stray bullets.
Bristol Crown Court has heard Londoner Rico Gordon, pictured, received a fatal ricochet to the head in the gun battle in July 2011.
Londoners Shakah Anderson and Rickel Adams were both convicted of the killing and jailed for life following a trial last year.
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Now three London men said to have tried to help them evade justice by driving them from Bristol are on trial.
Sean Youngsam, 26 and Courtney Ellis, 28, deny assisting Anderson to leave Bristol an hour after the shooting in July 2011.
Tafari Adams, 29, who is Rickel Adams' uncle, denies assisting Adams to get out of town immediately. A court order has been made banning the addresses of the accused from being published.
Hezekiah Davies made a statement in which he told how he was "running for his life" when gunfire erupted.
He said: "I turned right down a side street and came to a stop. I could clearly see I had a hip wound that was bleeding. I saw I had been shot once."
Mr Davies told how friends stopped in a car and drove him to hospital, where it was found he had been shot twice in the hip and he received treatment for three days.
He said: "I don't know who shot me or why."
Isabel Brant told how she screamed to a friend, "Oh my God, he's got a gun!" when she saw a gunman in the street.
She recounted how she heard some 15 shots and took cover behind a wall, thinking she had been shot in the leg by a ball-bearing firing (BB) gun.
She said: "The ambulance arrived and I was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary. I was kept in until July 7.
"I had a small fracture in my left leg and months of physiotherapy followed."
Aric Ramsey described how he travelled with Mr Gordon and other friends from London to Bristol, and how three people came towards them in Stapleton Road.
He said: "The first person pointed something at us, with an outstretched arm. He had a big, black handgun. I thought it was a joke. He fired the gun towards the crowd next to me.
"I could see a flash. I heard a shot, it was surreal and I was scared and I went to the high bins nearby.
"I could see the gun and I could hear lots of shots. They were firing at anyone and everyone."
Mr Ramsey said the gunmen were black, aged 18 to 30, wearing dark hooded tops and scarves covering their faces.
He said that people ran, but Mr Gordon dropped to the ground and someone said: "See, this is what happens."
Home Office pathologist Basil Purdue confirmed Mr Gordon suffered a catastrophic brain injury.
The case continues.