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Monday, 1 December 2008

Gangster Gordon Horsfall aimed a shotgun at a terrified passer-by in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

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Gordon Horsfall, 28, phoned an associate to deliver the gun and bullet-proof vest after a row at a busy nightclub on Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. Two people were hurt as he opened fire. He is now starting a six-year jail term as well as facing extradition to Spain over a stabbing.Gordon Horsfall phoned an accomplice to deliver the gun and a bulletproof vest after a confrontation with two men inside the club. The gun and vest were delivered by taxi before he opened fire at random. One women passer-by was injured by a ricochet and was only saved from serious injury because the shot bounced off her necklace. Horsfall, 28, then turned to doorman Anthony Nyangweso and shot him through the hand before fleeing in a taxi. Last night, Horsfall was behind bars after being sentenced to nearly six years in prison for the cowardly attack. He went on the run after the shooting and was captured in July when armed police posing as postmen raided an exclusive block of flats in Glasgow's west end. He faces extradition to Spain after being accused of a vicious knife attack on a man in Tenerife. It is understood he fled to a bolthole on the holiday island after the shooting in July 2004 but returned to Scotland early this year to look after "business" interests. CCTV pictures show Horsfall - wearing the bulletproof vest - arriving back outside Blanket nightclub in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. He phoned a friend and got him to deliver the gun and vest in a taxi. Terrified clubbers, who have spotted the weapon, run from the scene in panic. Next, the gun-toting gangster appears to be scouring the street, trying to identify a target.
He is shown shooting into the crowd of people around the club entrance before turning to flee. He then opens the door of a waiting taxi before jumping in and making his escape. The operation followed several weeks of surveillance on Horsfall, who officers said had "holed up" and rarely left the flat after returning from abroad. At the High Court in Glasgow, Horsfall admitted assault and reckless and culpable discharge of a shotgun outside Blanket, now renamed The Classrooms. He had been at the club with two Asian friends and, in a row with another group of Asian men, he was told he was going to be shot, prompting him to make the call for a gun.
The court was told he collected the items around 3.30am then opened fire on the group outside the club - firing around four times.

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