Thusha Kamaleswaran was left paralysed by a bullet fired by 21-year-old Nathaniel Grant as she danced in a grocery store aisle in front of her parents.
Grant and his accomplices Anthony McCalla, 20, and Kazeem Kolawole, 19, this week faced long jail sentences after a jury at the Old Bailey unanimously convicted them of causing grievous bodily harm.
Senior barristers said the graphic CCTV footage of the moment she was shot contained some of the most heart-breaking evidence ever seen in a British courtroom.
Thusha’s mother Sharmila Kamaleswaran broke down in tears and was comforted by her husband as she saw it for the first time at the start of the Old Bailey trial.
But she bravely told police the footage should be released to reveal the full horror of the crime.
Roshan Selvakumar, 35, who lived upstairs and was buying groceries, was hit in the face by the second shot, but miraculously escaped serious injury – though he still has part of the bullet lodged in his skull.
Mrs Kamaleswaran said her daughter’s dreams of becoming a singer and dancer had been shattered.
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