Alfie Gannon jailed for shooting man in front of stepson at children's party in Bromley
PUBLISHED: 18:31 14 April 2014 | UPDATED: 18:48 14 April 2014
Alfie Gannon, who shot at a man in front of the victim's seven-year-old stepson at a children's birthday party, was jailed for seven and a half years today.
The “shocking” attack left children and adults at the party “extremely traumatised”.
Gannon, 22, of no fixed abode, attended the child’s party in Ravenscar Road, Bromley, in May last year, and became involved in an argument with one of the family members, a 21-year-old man, and was asked to leave the party.
On leaving the gathering he made threats to kill the man and returned hours later but the man had left.
Gannon then asked for the man’s brother to come outside and speak to him but as the brother, 22, went to leave the address Gannon confronted him with a gun, believed to be a semi-automatic pistol.
Gannon then shot the victim, who was with his seven-year-old stepson at the time, in the leg.
The perpetrator then fled in a purple Ford Fiesta and was not arrested until six months later, in Kent, after a police appeal and a manhunt.
Today, Gannon was handed the prison sentence at Croydon Crown Court for one count of grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Det Ch Ins Lee Watling, of the Met Police’s gun crime unit Trident, said: “I am pleased that Gannon will be now serving a substantial custodial sentence for what was a shocking incident at a child’s birthday party. Understandably both the children and guests at the party where extremely traumatised by the senseless actions of Gannon.
“This was a lengthy and protracted investigation which led to an extensive manhunt across large parts of the country. I hope this sentence sends a clear message to those involved in gun crime that Trident officers will relentlessly pursue them and they can expect to be caught and placed before the courts.”