Teeko Le ‘executed’ another teenager

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A teenager who "executed" a man during a shootout in Birmingham has been pictured for the first time.

Teeko Le, 17, shot Naasir Francis, 22, after a confrontation in the Lozells area of the West Midlands city in August 2020.

The victim was unarmed and tried to get away, but was killed by Le who used an automatic pistol – possibly a Glock weapon – in broad daylight in a public area.

Le, of Liberty Rise, Surrey, was found guilty of murder, attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

The killer's identity can be revealed after the Mirror's sister publication Birmingham Live made an application and Mr Justice Saini lifted an order which had prevented the identification of the teenager.

Naasir Francis was killed last summer
(Image: West Midlands Police / SWNS)

The shooting was the culmination of a long-running feud between Mr Francis and another male, Darnell Donovan-Harris, 22.

Donovan-Harris, of Westminster Crescent, Handsworth, was convicted of manslaughter and possessing a prohibited firearm.

A third defendant, Lawrence Morgan, 25, of Crompton Close, Nechells, who had previously admitted possessing a firearm, was cleared of murder, attempted murder and possessing a firearm with intent.

The court heard the bloodshed followed a chance meeting between two rival gangs.

Darnall Donovan-Harris was convicted of manslaughter and possessing a prohibited firearm
(Image: West Midlands Police / SWNS)

Le and Donovan-Harris were on one side, with Morgan and Mr Francis on the other.

Morgan and Mr Francis initially fled the scene but later returned and Morgan, who was on a bike, opened fire, the court heard.

He then rode away but Mr Francis tried to escape in a Lexus parked nearby.

However, Donovan-Harris opened the driver's door allowing Le a "clear line of fire" and he shot the victim at very close range, the court heard.

Lawrence Morgan opened fire and then rode away
(Image: West Midlands Police / SWNS)

Detailing his decision to allow Le to be identified, the judge said: "Mr Francis is captured in graphic detail on CCTV.

"In short, he was in effect executed by Mr Le using an automatic pistol, possibly a Glock weapon, in broad daylight in a public area.

"Mr Le fired many rounds from this pistol, wildly discharging his weapon in a way which would have posed a real risk to innocent persons in a busy area of Birmingham.

Police at the scene of the shooting in Birmingham
(Image: BPM Media)

"A substantial number of spent cartridges were found. It is only by chance that others were not killed.

"Mr Francis stood no chance. He was hit twice as a sitting duck while in his car.

"There is a substantial public interest in there being a full and free report of this shocking series of events.

"In my view, the evidence strongly supports the suggestion that Mr Francis’ death was related to some existing dispute between two opposed groups or gangs from different Birmingham postcodes.

"There is real public interest in full reporting of this context."