Teenage gunman locked up

Police at the scene

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A TEENAGE gunman who shot at an enemy during a running street battle has been locked up.

Keith Casey, 18, fired the ball-bearing pistol at Dean Turner after he pepper-sprayed Casey in the face.

Armed police swooped on the street after the violent confrontation spilled into a convenience shop in West View, Hartlepool.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the pair had been involved in a feud when violence flared last August.

Alex Menary, prosecuting, said Casey armed himself with the BB pistol and went looking for Mr Turner after he had previously pepper-sprayed him.

Casey later came upon him by chance in the street when Mr Turner, 31, pepper-sprayed him a second time.

It sparked a chase through the streets before Casey pulled out the BB gun.

Mr Menary said: “Casey pulled out the pistol and fired a number of times.

“The chase ended in a shop where the complainant subdued Casey. The police arrived and retrieved the pistol from his sleeve.

“The complainant had four injuries consistent with being hit.”

Casey, who was just 17 at the time of the incident, pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm when he was prohibited from doing so.

He was banned from having any firearm for five years as a result of previously being sentenced to three months or more in a Young Offenders’ Institution.

Judge Peter Fox, the Recorder of Middlesbrough, sentenced him to nine months’ youth detention.

Casey, of Warren Road, Hartlepool, was due to stand trial on further charges of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, wounding with intent against Mr Turner, affray and damage to property.

But prosecutors offered no evidence after Mr Turner failed to attend court.

The Mail reported at the time how police, including armed officers, swooped on Barbara’s General Dealers, in Warren Road, at lunchtime on Thursday, August 18.

Paramedics and the air ambulance also raced to the incident and people gathered to watch the drama.

Medics treated Mr Turner at the scene for minor wounds to his chest and he did not need to go to hospital. He did not face any charges in connection with the incident.

A section of Warren Road was cordoned off by police along with a 300ft stretch of Bruce Crescent during the drama.

The 152 days Casey has already spent on remand will count towards his sentence.