This video shows the terrifying impact of a loaded gun being test fired after it was stashed in an alley by a senior member of the Rusholme Crips.
The Walther .22 handgun was found after Zico Reid, 34, was stopped by armed police after being tracked around the back streets of Rusholme in 2019.
He was arrested and police found the weapon, with the safety catch off, in undergrowth in an alleyway off Heald Avenue.
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After being tested by a forensic team at Waltham, the gun was test fired into gelatine which showed the bullets penetrating the gel to a depth of over six inches.
Reid pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, but denied it was related to gang activity.
Following a trial of issue earlier this week, he previously told a court he was concerned for his safety after his business partner at Quality Street Records, a music label they set up, was kidnapped with a ransom of £100,000 and 10 kilos of heroin and cocaine each being demanded.
“My business partner was kidnapped and everyone was saying that I would be next,” Reid told Manchester Crown Court.
He said he believed they had kidnapped his business partner to ‘get at me’, and to try and get a music deal.
Zico Reid – the main target for Operaation Pallas lauched by GMP and the North West Regional Organised Crime Unit.
However, a judge rejected this and found that Reid is a long standing and senior member of the Rusholme Crips and that the gun and ammunition were not for defensive purposes.
His co-defendant Ali Ismail, 29, admitted possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, as well as possessing prohibited ammunition and having an article with a blade or a point.
Three weeks earlier, Ismail, was arrested after a loaded Smith and Wesson Magnum was recovered from the basement of a house in Dickenson Road, Rusholme.
The gun, as well as 20 bullets, were found in an old oven.
Both Reid and Ismail were jailed for a total of 21 years.
The loaded Walther P22 self-loading pistol found stashed in alleway when police arrested Zico Reid in Rusholme on August 6th last year.
Sentencing Reid, Judge Alan Conrad QC said: The gravity of firearms offences cannot be overstated.
Guns are used regularly to intimidate, to main and to kill.
Such offences are even more serious when they are committed within the context of criminal gangs.
The possession and use of firearms are prevalent in this city.
Of the two prohibited weapons found, the Walther was ‘considerable more powerful and deadly’ than the Smith and Wesson hidden by Ismail, he said.
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The pistol was found in working order and functioned normally when test fired.
“This is an extremely dangerous weapon,” the judge continued.
“Whilst it is only .22 calibre it takes “.22 long” ammunition which have a significant propellant charge, necessary for the kind of energy required for the semi-automatic operation of the gun.
The Walther P22 self-loading pistol found in undergrowth in an alleyway moments after Zico Reid was arrested nearby in Rusholme on August 6th 2019. There were nine cartridges in the magazine.
“In order to further illustrate the lethality of the weapon, the prosecution have had it test fired into ballistic gel, which shows it penetrated to a depth of between 6.5 and just over seven inches.
“Zico Reid was found in possession of that loaded firearm with intent to endanger life.”
He added that Reid is a ‘dangerous and determined criminal’ who ‘revelled in his status as someone at the top of a criminal gang’ and ‘used would-be gangsters to do his bidding’.
Reid, of Eva Street, Rusholme, was jailed for 12 years with an extended licence of three years, of which he will serve two thirds of his custodial sentence in prison.
Ismail, of Dickenson Road, Rusholme , was jailed for six years and nine months.
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