A gang member is facing life behind bars after being found guilty of murdering a rival in a shooting described as “like something out of a Western movie”.
Natneal Tesfay blasted 19-year-old Mohammed Hussein with a shotgun as he walked through a car park towards a kebab shop in Bounces Road, Edmonton, on April 1 last year.
The shooting was the culmination of a violent and bitter on-going dispute between rival gangs in Enfield and Edmonton.
On the night of the shooting, 21-year-old Tesfay and others from the Edmonton group gathered in the car park near Bounces Road.
A dark Vauxhall Corsa drove past, in which it is thought members of the Enfield gang were riding, and Tesfay and others gave chase.
Tesfay then left and returned later with a bag containing a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition.
Ten minutes later, a black BMW arrived and the victim, a member of the Enfield gang, got out and began walking towards the Best Kebab shop, in Bounces Road.
He was followed by members of the Edmonton gang before Tesfay calmly put down the bag and fired at Mr Hussein, who was unarmed, before chasing him down and shooting him again.
Mr Hussein had been fatally hit in the chest and collapsed in an alleyway between Bounces Road and the car park where, despite the efforts of a man and a passing nurse, he was later pronounced dead by paramedics.
The prosecution at Kingston Crown Court described the shooting as “like something out of the old Western movies”.
Members of the Enfield gang who had been waiting in the BMW also drew a gun as they saw what was unfolding, but it failed to go off when one of the men pointed it at Tesfay, who fled on foot with his associates.
Detectives later found the sawn-off shotgun and several cartridges dumped in an alleyway behind houses in Richmond Crescent.
Tesfay, of Park Road, Edmonton, was arrested on Wednesday, April 3, last year and was subsequently charged.
He will be sentenced tomorrow (Thursday) for the murder of Mr Hussein and for possession of a shotgun with intent to endanger life.
Investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector John Sandlin, of the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said: "This case is a terrifying example of how gangs ruin lives.
"Rivalry between two groups led to the death of Mohammed, gunned down in the street. Tesfay was prepared for violence that night and when he went to collect a shotgun there could be no doubt he was ready to use it as he saw fit."