Two men guilty over 'revenge' Farmfoods car park shooting after hospital lockdown attack

Two men have been found guilty of a firearms offence in relation to a 'revenge' shooting in a Farmfoods car park. A male was blasted in the leg with a shotgun at the supermarket in Cape Hill, Smethwick in the early hours of October 23.

Police believe the incident was in retaliation for a stabbing around 24 hours earlier. The male victim of that was taken City Hospital which had to go into lockdown when he was targeted again and disorder broke out.

Prosecutors stated Tyjon Cogger drove a stolen Ford Kuga into the Farmfoods car park while Saabir Mohamed got out and shot at the rival group. Following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court a jury reached verdicts on Wednesday, July 3.

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Cogger, aged 22, from Church Avenue, Dudley and Mohamed, 26, from Thomas Crescent, Smethwick were found guilty of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, but both were cleared of attempted murder. They will be sentenced on October 3.

Opening the case last month prosecutor Siobhan Collins said: "The Crown say the wider picture in this case is that just before midnight on October 21 a male was stabbed twice and those wounds were to his thigh area. Because of that he was taken to City Hospital by other males, his friends and family.

Farmfoods in Cape Hill, Smethwick
Farmfoods in Cape Hill, Smethwick -Credit:Google Street View

"When he was there being treated a disorder broke out when another group of males turned up at the hospital in a Mitsubishi car. That group were armed and attacked with weapons, primarily baseball bats.

"The hospital had to go into lockdown. Luckily there were already police there and two arrests were made."

The court was told that the hospital incident is still being investigated but it is not believed that the defendants were present. However , the court heard it was said that the stab victim was a friend of Cogger who carried out the shooting with Mohamed in retaliation.

Ms Collins said: "This case is about a targeted and planned shooting. In the early hours of October 23 last year a car was driven to a car park in Smethwick.

"At that time there was already a group of males there but the arriving car stopped and a male got out with a shotgun. Using that he fired twice at the group of males before getting back into the car and being driven away.

"As a consequence of that a male was shot and he was injured. He was taken to hospital and treated. Luckily the injuries that male sustained were not as substantial as they might have been. He received medical attention. He did not die down to luck rather than design."