Today (Wednesday 1 September 2021) three of the men have been sentenced at Minshull Street Crown Court:
Sabir Abdulkhadir (01/02/2000) Rawcliffe Street, Manchester was sentenced to 14 years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
Ismail Abdullahi (01/01/1999) Chetwood Drive, Bolton was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.
Abdul Malik Said (01/01/2000) of no fixed abode was sentenced to six years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to affray and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. He was previously sentenced to three years imprisonment on 8 June 2021 after pleading guilty to possession with intent to supply crack cocaine and heroin.
John Robinson (01/01/2000) of no fixed abode was previously sentenced to two years imprisonment on 11 December 2020 after pleading guilty to affray and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.
On Saturday 7 November 2020, Abdullahi, Abdulkadir and Said, drove to Bolton in a BMW to go meet with Robinson at Fernhurst Grove.
Abdulkadir was wielding a shot gun and Abdullahi was in possession of a knife as they approached Robinson who was wielding both a knife and hammer.
Following an altercation between the three men and Robinson, a shot was fired by Abdulkadir which missed Robinson. Robinson then proceeded to smash the windows of the BMW before walking away.
As Robinson walked away, Abdulkadir fired the shot gun into his back before the three men - Abdullahi, Abdulkadir and Said - made off on foot.
Officers who attended the scene recovered the BMW as well as two shot gun cartridges and a knife for forensic examination. Inside the car the police discovered a quantity of class A drugs.
Arrest warrants were carried out, and at the time of Said's arrest, he was found to be in possession of a large quantity of class A drugs.
Detective Constable Ella Winters, of GMP's Operation Challenger, said:
"These men are ruthless and selfish individuals who are willing to hurt others without thinking of the consequences. Brandishing weapons in the street is completely unacceptable and could have resulted in innocent by passers being seriously hurt as a result."
Detective Sergeant Paul Quinn, of Operation Challenger, said
"I would like to recognise the work of the Challenger Team in today's results. The officers involved have shown incredible professionalism, drive and attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned as they worked with commitment and determination to identify and imprison this Organised Crime Group.
"As part of this investigation the team executed numerous warrants and recovered a quantity of class A drugs worth around 40,000 and substantial amounts of cash as well as recovering the firearm involved in this incident and ensuring it is taken off of the streets.
"I hope this time in prison gives them the time they need to reflect on their depraved actions."