Gunman jailed as CCTV shows pub-goers fleeing for their lives
West Midlands Police has released dramatic CCTV footage showing people flee for their lives as a gunman opens fire in a busy pub car-park.
Jaekwon Marks blasted two shots from a handgun at gang rivals sat in a white Mercedes at the Hunters Moon pub in Coleshill Road, Birmingham, on the evening of 13 July last year.
Marks missed his targets – leaving the Mercedes C200 with a bullet hole in its bonnet – before making off in a taxi he’d booked to nearby Chipperfield Road.
West Midlands Police detectives scoured CCTV and found footage of the 19-year-old getting into another taxi with several associates at the Bradford Arms in Chester Road moments before the shooting.
It helped officers identify Marks, from Selborne Road in Handsworth, as the shooter and nine days later he was arrested in south London.
And at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (25 Feb) he was jailed for eight years and six months having admitted possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Liam O’Brien, said: “It was a bright summer’s evening, a Friday night, and the pub car park was busy…CCTV shows people darting for cover as Marks presses the trigger.
“The footage wasn’t of sufficient quality to identify Marks, but we traced the taxi he used and further CCTV analysis uncovered better quality images that clearly show Marks as the offender.
“During the investigation, phone records were also obtained which showed that Marks had travelled in the taxi.
“To date no victims have come forward and enquiries have shown the motive appears to be a targeted attack between two feuding Birmingham gangs.
“Marks is a dangerous individual, one who could easily have killed innocent members of the public through his recklessness, and it’s only right he’s been taken out of society for many years.”
The Mercedes was stopped by armed police on the M40 two days after the shooting and found to have gunshot damage to its bonnet. Drugs were found on board and the occupants were arrested by Thames Valley Police officers.
Marks was initially charged with conspiracy to murder; he denied the offence but on day one of his trial entered a guilty plea to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Det Con O’Brien added: “Anyone involved in illegal firearms – even if they have no intention of using it and are holding it for someone else – can expect to spend many years behind bars.
“This case demonstrates that we can secure convictions and lengthy prison sentences for offenders even in case where victims have not been identified or where victims don’t want to cooperate with our investigation.
“The public and communities are our eyes and ears on the ground; information from them on people with suspected links to firearms is vital in our on-going efforts to tackle gun crime and I’d urge anyone with information to get in touch.”
People can contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Live Chat via WMP Online between 8am and midnight. Alternatively people can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111; callers won’t be asked their name and calls can’t be traced.