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Man jailed for shooting teenager on London Underground

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A man with who shot a teenager with a gun on a London Underground train has been jailed for more than a decade.
 
Bienvenu Vangu, 25, shot the victim in the stomach after an argument turned into a fight. 
 
The incident happened at 10.40pm on Wednesday 20 February on a train to Barking.
 
During the fight Vangu suffered a stab wound and was bleeding heavily. 
 
He then ran off the train at Barking station, leaving the victim to stumble into the station grounds and collapse on the floor in a critical condition.
 
The victim, a boy aged in his late teens, was rushed to hospital and underwent multiple bouts of emergency surgery, saving his life.
 
Three days later, Vangu was traced to his home in High Street, Southend-On-Sea, and arrested. 
 
He appeared at the Old Bailey in London and was found guilty of grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm.  
 
He was sentenced on Wednesday 4 September to 13 years in jail. He will serve a further four on licence.
 
Detective Chief Inspector Sam Blackburn, from British Transport Police, said: “Obviously this was a traumatic crime to witness. A heated argument spilled into a moment of brief, senseless and extreme violence which almost killed a teenage boy. 
 
“It’s clear he would have died if not for the skill and quick action of the emergency responders. 

“Incidents involving firearms on the rail network are extremely rare. However, when they do occur there are severe consequences and this significant sentence will serve as a deterrent to anyone intending to carry such weapons.”

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