James Shaw, a 49-year-old resident of Huddersfield, has been sentenced to three years and eight months at Leeds Crown Court today (23/1/24) after admitting his involvement in a 2018 shooting, where the wrong victim was targeted.
The incident, which took place on September 16th, 2018, saw emergency services responding to Hammond Street around 6:15 pm following reports of a male being shot by assailants in a car.
The 16-year-old victim sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries after a bullet struck him in the back. Subsequent investigations revealed that the criminals had mistaken the victim for someone else.
Charged in May 2023, Shaw pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm due to the evidence accumulated against him during a meticulous police investigation.
DCI Zaheer Abbas from the HMET investigation Team, stated: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who was going about his business and was in no way involved in criminality or gangs.
“Shaw and others sought retribution for an earlier incident and as a result an innocent young man was mistakenly targeted.
“I want to stress that the streets of West Yorkshire belong to law abiding citizens not criminals and I hope today’s sentence sends that message loud and clear.
“I would also like to point out that firearms related incidents in both West Yorkshire and Kirklees have significantly reduced over the past five years due to intense and focused police activity targeting those responsible.
“2023 saw the lowest number of firearms discharges recorded in the force compared with previous years with Kirklees recording 2 compared with a peak of 17 in 2019.
He added: “We do not believe Shaw was not acting alone and we would never close this investigation until other guilty parties involved are put before the courts and taken off our streets.
“I would urge anyone with any information to assist in bringing others who were part of this conspiracy to justice to contact the Police on 101 and quote ref no; 13180462836 “