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A gunshot victim this morning told a jury of the moment a young gang member he had befriended allegedly opened fire on him in the parking lot of a Sandys bar.

Randolph Lightbourne said he was released from prison in 2008 and got to know Marico Bassett well after that. He did not specify why he had been in jail.

He described Mr Bassett, 20, as a member of the Somerset gang Money Over Bitches (MOB) and a friend of his son, who he did not name.

Mr Lightbourne, 44, admitted to the jury that he has family members in the Parkside gang and the Ord Road Crew gang.

Mr Lightbourne said he is not a gang member and worked for the anti-gang organisation CARTEL during the time he knew Mr Bassett.

He said they had a close relationship and he felt Mr Bassett, who hung out with the MOB gang near the Charing Cross Tavern in Somerset, trusted him.

"We had very frank and regular conversations about the fact that he had become part of the MOB. I actually was part of an organisation called CARTEL, it's run by a pastor, Leroy Bean," said Mr Lightbourne.

"They go around and speak to young people in schools about staying away from gangs, and those who are in gangs, they offer them different ways of getting out."

He said he did not believe Mr Bassett really wanted to be in a gang but stayed in in order to maintain his lifestyle.

Mr Lightbourne said he was also "very close" to a man named Kenith (Ethan) Bulford, whom he named as the leader of MOB.

However, he said Mr Bulford declined invitations to get involved in anti-gang initiatives.

Mr Lightbourne explained he was a regular customer at the Charing Cross Tavern and usually spoke to the MOB members "sitting off" nearby.

However, Mr Lightbourne said Mr Bulford questioned him on July 17 2010 because he'd been seen talking to members of rival gangs including his nephew Roger Lightbourne Jr, of Parkside, and his nephew Jakai Morris, of the Ord Road Crew.

Mr Lightbourne had explained earlier in his evidence that MOB consider it "open season" if rival gang members came onto their home turf, and will attack them.

Mr Lightbourne said that although he had a respectful relationship with MOB members, they did not speak to him as usual when he visited the Charing Cross Tavern six days later, on the evening of July 23, 2010.

As he left the venue, he said Mr Bassett arrived on a bike and shot him multiple times from a distance of around eight feet away.

Mr Lightbourne said he rolled underneath his own bike in an effort to shield himself from the bullets, but felt them hit his bike helmet, his body and his arm.

He said of the shooter: "He had a visor on that came down to just by his nose. I just wanted to know who it was. I didn't know why I got shot but I wanted to know who it was. That's when I saw Rico. Marico Bassett. He was the shooter," said Mr Lightbourne.

"It was just devastating. I looked again to be sure, and I saw it was Rico and it broke my heart."

He explained that he eventually played dead, and Mr Bassett rode away.

He spent four months in hospital recovering from the seven bullet wounds he suffered, which badly damaged his intestines.

Randolph Lightbourne
Alleged gunman Marico Bassett

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Published March 03, 2011 at 12:00 am (Updated March 03, 2011 at 3:12 pm)

Gunshot victim tells court of ordeal

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