Gang broke into Enfield home and shot innocent man with shotgun

Two men have been jailed after a gang broke into an Enfield home and shot an innocent victim at close range with a shotgun.

Asharn Williams, 22, of Tylers Gate in Harrow, and Mickell Barnett, 21, of no fixed address, were among a two-car convoy travelling from Brent to Enfield on February 23, 2019.

Just before 1am the group of men broke into the property armed with a shotgun causing three occupants inside to flee upstairs fearing for their lives.

A 26-year-old man, who police are not naming and was not connected to the gangs, tried to barricade himself behind a flimsy internal door – pushing against his attackers to save his life.

At this point the shotgun was fired twice through the door hitting him in the abdomen and causing life-threatening injuries.

Harrow Times: Asharn Williams. Picture: Met Police.Asharn Williams. Picture: Met Police.

The attackers fled the property before returning to Brent.

Police investigations revealed that gang tensions around north west London had sparked escalating violence in the area.

Williams and Barnett were eventually charged and following a six-week trial were sentenced to a total of 71 years’ prison for attempted murder.

During the trial the court was shown evidence from a drill music video which showed the pair alongside other gang affiliates.  

Their involvement in violent drill music was commented on by the judge during sentencing.

Detective sergeant Mark Attridge said both “violent gang members” have previous convictions attributed to their lifestyle with Barnett already serving nearly seven years for a gang-related stabbing.

The victim’s mother, speaking previously, said: “The impact of the shooting on my son and our family has been significant. As well as managing the physical injuries, we have also been left extremely traumatised.

“The shooting was gang-related, however my son was not and has never been part of a gang. 

Harrow Times: Mickell Barnett. Picture: Met Police.Mickell Barnett. Picture: Met Police.

“Notwithstanding this, his life has still been severely impacted by the violence and the chaos resulting from gang activity and the ongoing and often petty disputes between opposing gangs that have significant consequences.”

She added police were not able to charge all of the individuals they believe are responsible for the shooting but thanked officers for bringing the charges they have.

Williams was given 31 years’ jail with an extended licence of four years and Barnett got 32 years with a four-year extended licence.

Two thirds of their sentences must be served in prison prior to any consideration of parole.

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