Man charged over Preston street shooting three years ago

The scene of the shooting in 2011
The scene of the shooting in 2011
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A second man has been charged over an alleged gang related shooting in Preston that dates back more than three years.

Julius David, of Langton Street, Broadgate, Preston appeared at Preston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday accused of attempted murder.

The 31-year-old was remanded in custody to appear at Preston Crown Court on December 5.

David was arrested on November 18 with two other men from Preston aged 27 and 28, also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, officers said today.

They have both been bailed until January.

Police were called to a report of a 29-year-old man shot in the foot near Fitzgerald Street in Preston, at around 1am on October 25, 2011.

The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Daniel Nicholls, now 28, of Guildford Road, Avenham, was jailed in April 2012 for 10 years and 10 months after pleading guilty to possession of a firearm, a Webley revolver, in connection with the case, after forensic tests linked it to him.

Police said Nicholls was a “significant member” of a gang from Avenham which had been involved in a dispute with rivals in Fishwick for more than two months leading up to the shooting.

Detectives believe the two groups had been feuding over drugs.

At the time, it was the first incident in two years in which a firearm had been used in the city.

It is not clear how the gun came to be in Nicholls’ possession - or where it had come from originally.