Moment gunman opened fire with lethal weapon towards ex in West Denton

This is the moment a gunman opened fire with a lethal weapon towards his ex-girlfriend on a Tyneside street.

Nathaniel Mackay, also known as Nathan, had just split up from the woman and blamed her for the fact he had blown £3,500 at a casino the night before. He fired a bullet above her head as she sat in her car and it flew through the window of a family hole and lodged in a wall in their living room.

After Mackay was jailed, Northumbria Police released CCTV of the lead up to the shooting, together with audio of the gun being discharged and footage of him in Bradford just before he was arrested.

Northumbria Police Detective Inspector Steve Brown, who led the investigation, said: “Nathan Mackay fired a lethal weapon on a busy residential street in broad daylight.

“By doing so, he intentionally endangered the life of his ex-partner who was in the car, other families living on the street and the wider community. The bullet from the gun thankfully missed its target and went through the front window of a family home, which was fortunately empty at that time.

“It is sheer luck that his actions did not kill someone and he simply rolled the dice with people’s lives.

“In a bid to escape justice and responsibility for his actions, Mackay then contacted family and friends who helped him evade arrest and get out of the area. Today, justice finally caught up with him.”

Det Insp Brown added: “I would like to thank everyone who played their part in this investigation, including the victim, a number of key witnesses and our colleagues at West Yorkshire Police. This conviction would not have been possible without you.

“Incidents involving firearms are thankfully rare in this area, but when they do occur, I hope this case shows that Northumbria Police will consider using every tactic available to us in order to pursue perpetrators and put dangerous offenders before the courts.”

Newcastle Crown Court heard it was around lunchtime on January 4 2020 that he fired a live 9mm round from a Glock semi-automatic handgun in West Denton, Newcastle.

Nathaniel Mackay at the scene of the shooting
Nathaniel Mackay at the scene of the shooting -Credit:Northumbria Police

The court heard Mackay's relationship with the woman had deteriorated by early 2020. He visited a casino on Friday January 3 and lost around £3,500 and the next morning he broke up with his partner. Prosecutor Glenn Gatland said: "He blamed her for the loss, saying he would not have gone there and lost the money but for her stressing him out."

Meanwhile a family, including children, who lived at a house on Ridsdale Avenue, West Denton, returned home and their front window had been smashed by a bullet, with a black mark on their wall together with a brass bullet lodged in it.

Bullet hole in window after shooting in West Denton
Bullet hole in window after shooting in West Denton -Credit:Northumbria Police

Mackay, 36, of Ravenshill Road, West Denton, was originally charged with attempted murder but that was dropped and he pleaded guilty to possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and possessing a firearm when prohibited. He also admitted possession with intent to supply Class A drugs and possessing criminal property in relation to separate offences dating back to 2017 and 2018. He was jailed for a total of 11 years and nine months.

Yaseen Ashraf, 36, of The Burnside, West Denton, Shirley Mackay, 64, of Ravenshill Road, West Denton and Evangeline Tibbs, 25, of Downend Road, Westerhope, all admitting perverting the course of justice.

Ashraf got 19 months suspended for 12 months with 80 hours unpaid work, Shirley Mackay got 22 months suspended for 12 months and Tibbs got 12 months suspended for 12 months with 80 hours unpaid work.

Karl Glendenning, 46, of Trevelyan Drive, Newbiggin Hall, Newcastle, Ben Roberts, 28, of Haggerston Road, Newcastle and Sebastian Mackay, 30, of Ravenshill Road, West Denton, admitted assisting an offender. Tyrone Vanzie, 34, of Stone Street, Bradford, was convicted of assisting an offender after a trial.

Glendenning was jailed for 14 months but is time-served and so will be released, Roberts got 12 months suspended for 12 months with 80 hours unpaid work, Sebastian Mackay got seven months suspended for 12 months with 60 hours unpaid work and Vanzie got nine months suspended for 12 months with 60 hours unpaid work.

Christopher Knox, for Mackay, said he was well-educated and had been "startlingly successful" in the retail business before being "taken over" by drugs. He added that he is now clean of drugs after four-and-a-half years remanded in custody, where he has been "successful" and "usefully employed".

Matthew Donkin, for Glendenning, said: "He was not informed of the plan, other than that Mr Mackay needed to lie low." He thought he was helping a drug dealer rather than a gunman, the court heard.

Brian Hegarty, for Roberts, said he had been friends with Mackay and trained with him. He added that he is now in employment. He also thought he was helping a drug dealer not a gunman.

Tony Cornberg, for Tibbs, said by the time she told Mackay about the police being in his street, the offence had already happened. He added that she was in Guernsey at the time she messaged him and did not know about he firearm incident at the time. She only became aware there had been a shooting after reading about it in the media. He added that she is now working and doing well.

Mr Cornberg, also representing Sebastian Mackay, said he did not know about the use of a firearm when he assisted his brother with escape suggestions and was abroad at the time.

Jamie Adams, for Shirley Mackay, said references show she is a "good woman who sees the good in everyone and does her best to help others" and that she is an "inhertently decent woman who thinks about others first". He added that her actions did not cause any delay to the police investigation and she acted out of misplaced loyalty to her son.

Seamran Sidhu, for Vanzie, said he used his own details and passport to book the hotel and was cleared of helping Mackay with knowledge of the firearm incident. She added: "He has dedicated his time to either boxing professionally or coaching others. She said he had helped youngsters facing problems in dangerous neighbourhoods.

Mr Cornberg, for Ashraf, said: "A lot of people speak very highly of him." The court heard he has been doing charity work and has become a "positive member of society". The court heard he didn't know Mackay had fired the gun.