CCTV shows fierce gun battle between two gangs which left man, 22, dead

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CCTV of the shootout in Lozells, Birmingham. (SWNS)
CCTV of the shootout in Lozells, Birmingham. (SWNS)

Shocking CCTV shows the moment two rival gangs had a gun battle in broad daylight which left a man dead.

Naasir Francis, 22, was shot 13 times during violence in Lozells, Birmingham, on 26 August last year.

He was killed after being chased down by Teeko Le, 17, and Darnell Donovan-Harris, 22.

Paramedics rushed him to hospital with gunshot wounds to the stomach where he was pronounced dead shortly after arriving.

West Midlands Police released footage of the gun battle on Friday as Le and Donovan-Harris were jailed for their part in the killing.

Naasir Francis, 22, died after being shot 13 times. (SWNS)
Naasir Francis, 22, died after being shot 13 times. (SWNS)

Le, now 18, was jailed for a minimum of 20 years after he was found guilty of murder, attempted murder and possession of an offensive weapon.

Donovan-Harris, now 23, was found guilty of manslaughter and jailed for 18 years following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Rival gang member Lawrence Morgan, 25, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and was sentenced to five years.

The court heard Le and Donovan-Harris were standing outside shops in Lozells Road when Morgan and Naasir pulled up in their white Lexus.

As Morgan and Naasir got out of their Lexus they spotted the rival gang members and fled, jumping into a passing car of an associate.

They then drove to an address where they collected a gun and within minutes returned to Lozells Road.

Footage shows Morgan firing at the group from a bicycle and Le shot back.

Morgan jumped back on his bike while Naasir leapt into the Lexus.

As Le and Donovan-Harris chased Morgan, they spotted Naasir sitting in the driver’s side of the car and started to punch him.

Le then opened fire, shooting Naasir who was in the driver’s seat.

The pair then fled, leaving Naasir with fatal injuries.

Darnell Donovan-Harris (L), 23, was found guilty of manslaughter and Teeko Le, 18, was found guilty of murder. (SWNS)
Darnell Donovan-Harris (L), 23, was found guilty of manslaughter and Teeko Le, 18, was found guilty of murder. (SWNS)

An analysis of phone records and CCTV placed each one at the scene and over the next few days, all three were arrested.

Speaking after they were jailed, Detective Chief Inspector Jim Munro said: “Sadly this is the tragic reality of what carrying a gun can lead to.

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"Teeko Le and Morgan chose to carry a gun and open fire in broad daylight knowing any one of them could be instantly killed.

“And sadly that’s what happened to Naasir.

“Naasir’s death is such a waste of life, not only Naasir’s life but also a young man and a teenager who will spend a long time in prison.

“My thoughts remain with Naasir’s family at this difficult time.”

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