Boy, 12, gunned down by gang member’s stray bullet in drive-by shooting

Disturbing CCTV footage shows a Sheffield gang member gunning down a 12-year-old boy in a drive-by shooting.

Police released the footage today, following the sentencing of 26-year-old Stephen Dunford at Sheffield Crown Court, Yorkshire Live reports.

In the clip, a car screeches past and the noise of gunfire rings out.

A split-second later the group of children run for their lives after being shot at in the terrifying crime in Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne, Sheffield.

One of the boys, aged just 12, was hit in the thigh and a second was nearly killed when a bullet missed his head and passed through his hoodie.

At first, Dunford denied any involvement in the attack in January this year, claiming that he was at his grandparents' house having Sunday lunch at the time.

He foolishly incriminated himself when he performed a rap to a pal over a prison telephone.

The rap described a child being hit by a bullet in the line "youth caught a stray", while also referencing the near-miss of the other boy when it mentioned turning "a man's hoodie into a vest top".

Dunford was charged with attempted murder and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

After a six-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court, he was found guilty of both charges on September 21.

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He was also found guilty of a second charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, in connection to a shooting in Northcote Avenue on January 10.

At his sentencing hearing today, Dunford was handed three life sentences to run concurrently and he will serve a minimum of 19 years behind bars.

At the same trial in September, Brandon Bailey, 26, of Manor Park Way, was also found guilty of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He had previously pleaded guilty to possession of criminal property on August 27.

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Bailey’s DNA was found on a firearm recovered in searches carried out as part of the wider investigation and today, Bailey was sentenced to 10 and a half years in prison.

He was described by the judge as "a sycophantic supplicant within Dunford’s gang".

A third man, Devon Gregory, 23, of Heeley Green, who was charged with conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life, was found not guilty and acquitted of all charges.

In his sentencing remarks, The Recorder of Sheffield Judge Jeremy Richardson QC described Dunford as having told a "lava-flow of lies" throughout the trial, which left the jury in no doubt of his guilt.

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He described Dunford's conduct as "corrosive towards society" and said that he led a life that was "replete for irredeemable criminality".

He concluded by telling the court that Dunford posed an "immense danger" to the public.

Detective Chief Inspector Jade Brice, who led the investigation, praised the young victim of the shooting and their family.

DCI Brice said: "I cannot emphasise enough what a distressing ordeal this has been for this young man, his parents and his wider family.

"No child should have to feel such terror and no parent should find their child seriously injured on the doorstep of their home.

"I would like to commend the whole family for their bravery, they have co-operated fully and willingly with us."

DCI Brice also mentioned the impact that this horrifying attack had on the wider community: "As you will see from CCTV footage released today, this was a shocking event to happen on the streets of a regular Sheffield suburb, where families live, where hard-working people live.

"They should not have to put up with this type of criminality.

"I hope they share some relief that this man is behind bars and will be for a considerable amount of time."

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