A heartbreaking 999 phone call was played in court, capturing the moments when an innocent student struggled for life after a botched drive-by shooting, following a feud between two tire company owners.
Aya Hachem was shot in the chest by a passing car while running errands near her home in Blackburn, Lancashire on May 17 last year.
Preston Crown Court had previously heard that she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’ when she accidentally became entangled in a feud between the owners of two tire companies.
Aya Hachem was shot in the chest by a passing car while running errands near her Blackburn home
Preston Crown Court previously heard she was ‘in the wrong place at the wrong time’
The prosecution alleges that the shooting was the culmination of a long-running dispute between Feroz Suleman, the owner of RI Tires, and Pachah Khan, the owner of Quickshine Tires.
Suleman is said to have hired hitman Zamir Raja to shoot Mr. Khan – only for a bullet to hit law student Aya instead.
Mr. Khan, who had come to her aid, made a desperate appeal to the court.
He tells the operator that there has been shooting and “a lady is badly injured.”
The operator replies, “Is someone shooting?”
Mr. Khan says, “Yes, shoot a gun down the main road.”
Other people use Mr. Khan’s phone to tell the operator that they can see Aya’s gunshot wound and that she is “not responding.”
Some are able to give a description of the shooter’s car to the operator, who then asks, “Is the female responding, is she breathing?”
A man replies, “No, she’s not responding, she had a very weak pulse.”
Khan later tells the operator how he saw two men in a Toyota Avensis before the shooter aimed at him.
‘I said,’ What the hell is that? They’re aiming a gun at me.
“They came by and started shooting me.”
CCTV shown to the jury showed the horrifying moment Aya fell on the sidewalk after being shot.
Nicholas Johnson QC, the prosecutor, told the court paramedics fought to save her and she was taken to hospital, but she had suffered an ‘irreversible’ cardiac arrest.
Footage shows Aya walking down King Street near Quickshine Tires at 3pm as a silver Toyota Avensis drives by.
One gunman – reportedly Raja – fired two shots from the back of the car, with the second hitting Aya.
Opening the case last week, Johnson said the feud between Suleman and Khan dated back to January 2019, when Quickshine Tires was just a car wash company.
But it started selling tires, putting it in ‘direct competition’ with RI Tires, and there were a series of minor disagreements that came to the attention of the police.
The “bad blood” between the men, the court heard, led to a plan to kill Mr. Khan and / or someone else at Quickshine.
Nicholas Johnson QC, the prosecutor, told the court paramedics fought to save her and she was taken to hospital, but she had suffered an ‘irreversible’ cardiac arrest. (Pictured, forensically examining the scene)
The prosecution alleges that all eight suspects played a role in the murder of Aya.
Mr Johnson told the court that Suleman was the “organizer of the whole thing,” while Abubakr bought Satia the Avensis, which was run by Anthony Ennis.
Both Uthman Satia and his girlfriend Judy Chapman acted as flight pilots for Raja and Ennis, it is said, while Kashif Manzoor made sure the Avensis was working properly.
It is alleged that Ayaz Hussain acted as a link between Mr. Suleman and the shooter, Mr. Raja.
Suleman, 40, Manzoor, 26, Hussain, 35, Satia, 32, all from Blackburn, Raja, 33, from Stretford, Ennis, 31, from Partington, Satia, 29, and Mrs. Chapman, 26, both from Great Harwood, all deny murder.
All eight deny the attempted murder of Mr. Khan.
The trial, which is estimated to last 10 weeks, continues.