Boy, 13, was left paralysed after gang members shot him

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After the shooting, one of the gang members shot a rap music video about the murder bid

Three gang members left a 13-year-old boy paralyzed after a bid for murder saw him shot with a homemade gun.

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Zidann Edwards and Diago Anderson, both 20 and 17, are facing jail time after being convicted of attempted murder.

After the shooting, Edwards even directed a drill rap music video in which he expressed regret for neglecting to kill the boy.

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The victim and his friends were on their way to get food when he was attacked in an underpass of Hockley Circus in Birmingham on November 18 last year.

A court heard the teenager was only gunned down for getting lost on the “lawn” of a Birmingham gang called Armed Response.

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Despite his injuries, the victim managed to call 999 to tell emergency services that he had been shot.

(L-R) Diago Anderson and Zidann Edwards

13-year-old boy paralyzed from the waist down in a shooting

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Firearms officers provided life-saving first aid before paramedics arrived and the youth was taken to hospital for emergency treatment.

CCTV showed a stolen Nissan pulling up alongside the teenage victim before Edwards, Anderson and the 17-year-old got out of the car.

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The 13-year-old boy and his friends were then chased into the underpass before the boy was shot in the back with a homemade slam gun.

Footage showed the trio running from the scene and driving away, and the car was later recovered by officers and forensically linked to the suspects.

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Officers arrested them and recovered further evidence, including the clothes they were wearing on the day of the shooting and several phones.

Police also obtained a handgun and a baton from an address linked to the 17-year-old, and further investigation helped prove this was the weapon used in the attack.

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The court heard the boy became paraplegic because one of the pellets had passed through his spinal cord.

All three were convicted of attempted murder at Birmingham Crown Court and face lengthy prison terms at their sentencing on October 7.

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The 17-year-old was also found guilty of possession of a firearm with intentional endangerment of life and possession of a prohibited weapon.

“The repercussions of their actions are truly heartbreaking”

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West Midlands Police Force CID Detective Inspector Michelle Cordell said: “The unprovoked and callous actions of Zidann Edwards, Diago Anderson and the 17-year-old boy have changed the life of an innocent 13-year-old boy and his family forever.

“The fallout from their actions is truly heartbreaking and my thoughts go out to the boy, his family and friends.

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“From the start, my team has worked tirelessly with internal and external colleagues and partners to collect and present the evidence in this case.

“Their collective hard work and dedication helped achieve justice for the victim and his family.

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“Our primary focus is always to prevent these incidents, but unfortunately we continue to see gun violence on our streets.

“We need our communities to come together to help us in our fight against gun and gang crime.”

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