Horrifying moment gunman opens fire yards from children in gangland shooting


This is the terrifying moment two men were blasted in a gangland drive-by shooting in broad daylight. A family of eight including five small children walked close by as the underworld spat spilled onto the streets on a Friday afternoon.

Shocking footage obtained by the Manchester Evening News reveals how the shooting unfolded in a busy area of ​​Cheetham Hill. Two men were seriously hurt after being ‘lured’ out of the Godfather cafe.

The pair were blasted in the legs as four to five shots were fired from a passing Mercedes. The alleged gunman has fled the country, but three men stood trial at Manchester Crown Court.

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Hazhar Anwar, 29, Danyal Ahmed, 24 were convicted of two counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent. Ahsan Shabbir, 20, was acquitted of the same two charges. Anwar, Ahmed and Shabbir were also accused of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.

Anwar was found guilty, Shabbir was acquitted and jurors could not reach a verdict in Ahmed’s case. Prosecutors allege that the gunman is Mr Shabbir’s brother, named in court as Faizan Shabbir.

“The offense bore the hallmarks of gang rivalry, and this was an attempt to cause serious injury to others,” prosecutor Alaric Bassano told jurors. The shooting took place at about 2.30pm on Friday, November 15, 2019. CCTV footage from the cafe on Copthall Lane shows the two victims in the cafe with a group of other men.

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Forensics specialists on Cheetham Hill Road

The Mercedes drove onto Copthall Lane before turning round towards Cheetham Hill Road, driving slowly past the café. The men in the café saw the car and went outside to pursue it on foot.

But the group ran in horror after the gunman pointed a pistol towards them and opened fire. The footage reveals that a family of eight, as well as five small children, were just yards away when the shooting occurred.

Jurors heard that Faizan Shabbir left the country the day after the shooting. Prosecutors alleged that Anwar was the driver of the Mercedes, and that Ahmed and Ahsan Shabbir were back seat passengers.

Ahead of the trial Anwar, of Redfield Close, Beswick, and Ahsan Shabbir, of Greenstead Avenue, Cheetham Hill, pleaded guilty to drug trafficking offenses after being involved in ‘commercial’ scale dealing. Ahmed, of Esmond Road, Cheetham Hill, denied accounts of supplying cocaine, heroin, ketamine, and cannabis.



The men flee the scene

He was convicted of possession with intent to supply cocaine and ketamine, and was acquired of dealing heroin and cannabis. Anwar’s former girlfriend narrowly avoided jail at a previous hearing, after she admitted lying to police after the shooting to cover for him.

Businesswomen Zain Sarfraz called police and claimed the Mercedes involved in the shooting, which she had hired for him, had been stolen. At the time, she did not know the car had been involved in a shooting but in a police interview two weeks later when she knew about the incident she maintained her lie to her.

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Zain Sarfraz

Sarfraz, of Hyde Park Road, Halifax, received a suspended prison sentence after admitting perverting the course of justice.




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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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