A teenager was left paralysed from the neck down after being shot at in a car in Borehamwood, a jury heard today (Tuesday, September 14).
The 16-year-old was a front-seat passenger in a Ford Fusion when the gun was fired by Sean Price, the driver of a Smart car, St Albans Crown Court was told.
Prosecutor Max Hardy said police and paramedics were called to a grassy verge on Cranes Way, Borehamwood, at around 10.45pm on August 4 last year.
He explained: “The victim, who was 16 at the time, had been shot in the neck and was rendered paralysed from the chest down.
“There was an entry wound to the top left of the chest, just above the collar bone and an exit wound on the right towards the back of the neck.”
In an informal interview with the police at hospital a week later, the teenager said he had been in the Ford Fusion with friends and was coming back to Borehamwood from the Barnet area.
He told the police the gunman was alone in a Smart car. He said he did not know his name and had not seen him before.
Mr Hardy said: “He said the gunman had a black pistol. He said there were two shots and he was hit by the first.”
When the police and paramedics arrived, two others who had been in the Ford claimed that they had “chanced upon” the victim in the street.
“That is not an account that is truthful,” said the prosecutor.
He said the Fusion was given away for scrap after the shooting and was destroyed at European Metal Recycling in Willesden.
Mr Hardy said that on August 12, Sean Price was arrested at the wheel of a black Smart car. Cocaine and a flick knife were found in the car, said the prosecutor.
In a prepared statement, he said he had no reason to harm the people in the car.
After the shooting, Price is alleged to have made comments on social media about “cooling off” and “(I) hit up the wrong youth the other day.”
Co-defendant Monet O’Shea, 23, of Grey’s Gable, Cedar Close, Borehamwood denies perverting the course of justice by disposing of the firearm.
When O’Shea visited Price, who was being held on remand in Peterborough jail, their conversations were bugged. Mr Hardy said they talked about moving “the thing”, which he alleged was the gun.
He is said to have alleged the group in the Ford were “trying to make themselves look innocent”, but had been armed with shanks.
Sean Price, 24, of Rushmore Road, Ipswich, denies attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Price and O’Shea jointly deny conspiracy to pervert the course of justice by destroying Price’s clothing.
Courtney Leeds, 18, of Beethoven Road, Elstree, denies perverting the course of justice by contacting people involved in the investigation.