Shocking footage shows a gunman firing at a rival, nearly killing an innocent driver

Sean Cowie, 32, fired twice in broad daylight from a pistol on a Tuesday afternoon in Newton Heath, Manchester

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Shocking footage shows an armed thug hanging from the window of a BMW as a minor rival gang feud spills onto the streets.

An innocent member of the public narrowly escaped life when a bullet struck her car as the senseless violence unfolded.

Sean Cowie, 32, fired twice in broad daylight from a pistol on a Tuesday afternoon in Newton Heath, Manchester.

He was detained alongside David Urey, 39, who was behind the wheel of the BMW, and Paul Ryan, 42, who followed in a VW Golf.

The shooting came amid an ongoing dispute between two gangs, Minshull Street Crown Court heard. The Manchester Evening News reports.



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It was carried out after those in the Gulf who were stalking them “beat up a friend of theirs very badly”, the court was told.

The gun should be “waved as a warning” and not fired, Ryan claimed.

“Someone could easily have been killed that day,” Detective Inspector Claire Moss told the Manchester Evening News. “An innocent member of the public who was driving home from work was hit in his vehicle.

“People were walking the streets. Bullets could have ricocheted off anything, they could have hit anyone.

“He (Cowie) is in a moving vehicle and has no firearms experience, so those bullets could have gone anywhere.”

Cowie was sentenced to five years and seven months, Urey to five years and four months and Ryan to six and a half years.

Sean Cowie was imprisoned for more than five years


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Paul Ryan was sentenced to six and a half years in prison


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“It was in broad daylight on a busy Greater Manchester road,” Judge Angela Neild said.

Greater ManchesterSadly, particularly in the city center, and this was not far from the city center at all, the use of firearms in the course of committing crimes was no stranger, often while there are rival gangs competing for whatever price the criminal nature might be at stake at any given time to stand.

“That bullet could have gone anywhere.”

Prosecutor Olivia Beesley told how the shooting took place in a busy area of ​​central Newton Heath. She said: “At around 1.40pm on January 19, 2021, Cowie was a passenger in the rear of the BMW being driven by Urey.

“Ryan was a passenger in the VW Golf following the BMW. They were caught on CCTV and saw them driving down Old Church Street towards Culcheth Lane.

Dean Urey was the third thug to be jailed in connection with the shooting


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“While driving down Great Newton Street, another person was driving a VW Golf before it turned onto Old Church Street. At the Briscoe Lane intersection, both vehicles spun and a thin black object was pulled out of the rear passenger window. It was not possible to say who owned this object at that time.

“CCTV captured both cars traveling along Briscoe Lane, at which point the gun was fired, with Cowie leaning out of the back of the BMW and pointing the gun at the car in front. The area was described by police as busy, built-up area.”

A passing Hyundai, being driven by a man on his way home from work, was struck by one of the shots to the rear left side of the vehicle. The VW Golf with Ryan then joined the BMW before the three cars left the scene.

Ryan said he thought the gun in the BMW should be shown as a “warning” to those in the Gulf. He also disclosed that he had also received a shotgun from the Gulf and ordered it taken to his home to hide from the police.

Ryan claimed he only later knew the gun had been fired because there was an “unwritten agreement” to incite fear of violence by brandishing it instead of firing it.

Cowie, Urey and Ryan were all arrested in the days that followed. On January 21, police found a sawed-off shotgun at Ryan’s home with his DNA on the trigger.

Cowie’s lawyer called the shooting a “stupid mistake”. Barry Grennan said: “I don’t accept that he went alone, it was a joint venture. It had something to do with a friend of theirs being beaten up very badly by people in the car they were chasing. It should deter them.”

Speaking for Ryan, David Bentley said: “The shotgun was obtained from Mr Ryan just before he got into the Golf, which drove to the area where it struck the BMW and the shot was fired.

Cowie of Hardman Lane, Failsworth; Urey, Ten Acres Lane, Newton Heath; and Ryan from Ashton Road East, Failsworth; All pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to incite fear of violence, and Ryan pleaded guilty to a separate offense of possession of a prohibited firearm.

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