19 year old Leon Redda has been sentenced to seven years and six months in jail at Isleworth Crown Court after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life at an earlier hearing.

The court heard how Redda was the pillion passenger on a stolen moped that was ridden into the World’s End Estate in June last year.

Redda, in possession of a handgun, fired two shots apparently randomly at two members of the public but no one was injured.

Detectives carried out a fast-time analysis of CCTV from the area and managed to track Redda’s movements as the moped was ridden to a nearby path close to the River Thames.

The moped was abandoned there before Redda threw the helmet he was wearing into the water before fleeing.

Redda was subsequently arrested and his phone was seized. Analysis of data contained on it enabled detectives to place him at the scene at the time of the shooting.

Detective Constable Katherine Newton from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “Redda’s actions were unbelievably reckless and it is only by sheer luck no one was injured in this incident.

“Following a meticulous investigation and faced by the evidence gathered, Redda took the decision to plead guilty at court.

“I can only hope this sends a strong message to those engaged in criminality involving firearms that the Met is committed to tracking offenders down and placing them before the courts.”