Friday, 23 February 2007


Racist gunman John Laidlaw, 24, was sentenced to life today. The BNP (British National Party) supporter promised to “kill all black people.”

He shot office worker Sheridan as she waited on a tube platform by mistake, as he was actually aiming for Evans Baptiste, 22, who is black. He then ran off through the station firing bullets and terrifying commuters.

30 minutes before this incident Laidlaw attempted to kill social worker Abu Kamara, 44, in Islington after he was merely brushed by a bag. He then pulled out his gun and shot father of three, Abu Kamara in the neck.

Laidlaw’s victim Sheridan was not seriously wounded however Abu Kamara still has the bullet stuck in his neck as Doctors fear removing it may leave him paralysed.

Laidlaw was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and has to serve a minimum sentence of 15 years.

Innocent victim Abu Kamara stated: “This has left me mentally messed up.”

This incident illustrates that gun crime is not a problem specific to the black community, it involves everyone. It also shows how easy it is to obtain a gun and it raises the question of where are these weapons coming from.

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