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Shooting victim grilled by defence lawyer

A gun victim told detectives he may have been shot due to suspicions he was responsible for previous incidents.

Nathan Darrell admitted in Supreme Court yesterday that he'd carried a gun in the past.

And, he theorised, he may have been shot because “word on the street” was he'd fired a shot at the home of someone named Ashley Wellman.

He also speculated that he may have been targeted in a hit ordered by a man he once threatened to kill.

Mr Darrell, 23, was hit three times from close range as he sat in a car outside his home on Kitchener Close, Sandys, early on February 13.

He suffered wounds to his neck, chest and thigh, and ended up in the Intensive Care Unit at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.

The man accused of the shooting, Quincy Brangman, 32, of Cook's Hill Road, Sandys, is on trial on charges of attempted murder and using a firearm.

According to Mr Darrell, he saw Mr Brangman's face as he carried out the crime, but Mr Brangman denies being the shooter.

Yesterday, defence lawyer Charles Richardson put it to Mr Darrell: “At around the time this incident took place you were carrying a firearm, weren't you?”

Mr Darrell replied: “Not that night. Around that time, maybe.”

The lawyer continued: “So you are familiar with firearms, are you not?”

“Somewhat,” replied Mr Darrell.

He agreed with the defence lawyer that he told Police of suspected motives for the attack when he gave statements afterwards. Mr Darrell told detectives he thought he'd been targeted because “word on the street” was that he'd shot at the house of Mr Wellman, Mr Brangman's cousin.

He also told them he believed a man named Lawson Williams paid Mr Brangman to shoot him. He described Mr Williams as someone who runs a gas station in Boaz Island, Sandys.

“That's after you threatened to kill Lawson Williams?” inquired Mr Richardson.

“Yes, after he threatened to kill me with gas,” replied Mr Darrell.

Mr Darrell a former footballer with West-End based Ireland Rangers agreed he was once involved in an incident when he played a game at Bernard Park in Pembroke against Social Club.

According to Mr Richardson, Mr Darrell was seen pumping his chest towards people like the late Yankee Rawlins and Parkside men saying “come bring your guns, come get me”.

The witness agreed this happened.

He also agreed with the defence lawyer he had gloves and a hockey mask with him on the night he was shot.

“Do you play hockey?” inquired Mr Richardson.

“I do not,” responded Mr Darrell.

Mr Richardson repeatedly challenged him on his claims that he saw Mr Brangman's face as he carried out the shooting.

The defence lawyer insisted it was too dark and rainy for him to have seen his assailant's face.

Mr Darrell replied: “I know what I saw.”

The case continues.

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Published December 08, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 10, 2010 at 3:29 am)

Shooting victim grilled by defence lawyer

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