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Bristol shooting victim Rico Gordon was 'innocent victim'

Rico Gordon
Image caption Mr Gordon was shot in Bristol on 3 July

A man who was killed in a shooting outside a Bristol pub was an "innocent victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time", police have said.

Rico Gordon, 21, who lived in Wembley, north-west London, was shot as violence erupted between two London-based gangs in the early hours of 3 July.

Both his mother, Anna Gordon, and police are convinced he was not connected to the violence in Easton.

CCTV footage showing a black Ford Puma police want to trace has been released.

The car was seen on the night of the shooting, near the Coach House pub in Stapleton Road, driving along St Mark's Road.

It is later seen on camera turning right into St Mark's Grove.

'Heartbreaking' loss

Mrs Gordon said her life had been devastated by her son's death.

"It's hard to describe. It's heartbreaking, and really really hard," she said.

"The whole family, everybody, still really hasn't got to terms with it. We miss him so much.

"He was a nice boy. He was very hard working and had a smile that would light up the room.

"You wouldn't have one person saying anything bad against him."

Image caption One of the suspects, circled, is seen running into Belmont Road

Det Supt Sue Scott, from Avon and Somerset Constabulary, said she believed the shooting was a result of gang members travelling to Bristol from London.

"Whatever the motivation was for this attack, it actually spilled out on to our streets of Bristol where Rico was unfortunately murdered.

"It's that that we want to get to the bottom of and actually bring justice to the family."

Police believe after Mr Gordon was shot, one of the three men thought to be responsible for the shooting ran into Belmont Street.

He is thought to have taken off a black hoodie, which along with the gun, has not yet been recovered.

"We believe an hour or so later that night the offender was picked up and returned to that area and recovered the things he may have hidden for a short time," Det Supt Scott said.

Detectives from Avon and Somerset Police investigating the shooting are working with officers from the Metropolitan Police's Operation Trident, which tackles gun crime in London's black communities.

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