A ‘VIOLENT gang member’ who arranged a shooting at a rival’s Frankley home and filmed the blast has been locked up for more than three years.
Jamie Wood, of Wasdale Road, appeared at Birmingham Crown Court today (April 18) where he was jailed for three years and eight months for conspiring to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
The 23-year-old videoed the sawn-off shotgun blast at the house in Coriander Close, Frankley, on the night of February 20 last year in the culmination of a long-running conflict with a feuding gang member.
He filmed from a getaway car where voices could be heard urging the shooter to ‘go on, over to the yard… slide it back, give it a good bang’.
West Midlands Police detectives suspected Wood, who is affiliated to the Frankley Killers gang, was involved and raided his home in Wasdale Road, Northfield, on March 2.
Officers forced entry to the address and caught him as he slept.
His Apple iPhone was seized and, though Wood refused to disclose the passcode, it was later found to contain video footage of the shooting, plus photos and text messages linking him to gang activity.
Unemployed Wood claimed he wasn’t in possession of the phone on the night and denied being part of the attack on the property.
However, detectives recovered evidence proving he was using the phone in the build-up to the shooting and he later admitted conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
The judge described Wood as a ‘violent gang member’ and added: “You made the choice to join a gang; that was your choice alone and you knew the risks. You basked in violence and you knew the risks.”
Detective Sergeant Alan Teague from the Birmingham Gangs and Organised Crime Unit, said: “Wood didn’t pull the trigger but we proved he was involved in the shooting and, we suspect, orchestrated the attack.
“Anyone linked to gang violence and firearms needs to take note of this sentencing: we don’t need to find you with a gun or show you’ve fired a weapon in order to secure long prison sentences.
“No-one was injured but clearly discharging a firearm in public is a hugely reckless act and one that could have fatal consequences.
“Wood is linked to gangs in Birmingham and this shooting stemmed from a conflict that had been playing out for up to two years.
“This is the latest in a series of convictions secured against people linked to gang activity in Birmingham, offenders have been put behind bars for many years.
“West Midlands Police works with partner agencies to support those who want to turn their lives around and desist from criminality – but for those who chose to remain involved in gang crime, people can rest assured that we will deal with them robustly.”
Wood is one of 16 men in south Birmingham subject to gang injunctions that ban them from associating with each other and entering large parts of Birmingham.
And last August, 18 other men were served with similar injunctions in a landmark case as West Midlands Police and Birmingham City Council works to tackle gang violence.
Enquiries are ongoing to identify the man shown in the video firing the shotgun plus another man believed to have been in the car at the time.
Anyone with information on who was involved, or suspects someone is linked to gang crime or has access to a firearm, is urged to call West Midlands Police in confidence on the 101 number or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Callers do not need to provide their name.