Father battled to save dying man after shooting in Bilborough
A FATHER-of-three has described his horror after he fought to save a 28-year-old man who had been shot.
Police launched a murder enquiry after the man, believed to be Germaine Edwards, 28, of Bilborough, was found in Fairnley Road, Bilborough, at 5pm on Saturday.
Mr Edwards, said to have had a baby with his partner only four weeks ago, was taken to the Queen's Medical Centre but later died.
A Home Office post-mortem examination yesterday revealed he died from a gunshot wound.
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Police have arrested a 32-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
Martin Stout, who lives in Wigman Road, at the junction with Fairnley Road, was gardening when his 20-year-old son Jez ran home and told him someone had been shot.
Mr Stout said he ran across the road and told his son to call the emergency services.
"I could hear a lad shouting 'I've been shot, I've been shot'," he said.
"I found him lying in a front garden across the road. It was completely horrifying.
"I tried to keep him conscious by asking his name, age, and where he had been shot, because I couldn't see an actual wound on him.
"I turned him on both his sides and found a gunshot wound on his right side."
A police armed response team arrived and tried to help Mr Edwards to breathe.
Mr Stout added: "He kept saying 'I can't breathe', so they managed to put an airway in his mouth.
"And when he started losing consciousness they gave him CPR."
When the ambulance arrived Mr Stout helped to get Mr Edwards on the stretcher.
Mr Stout, who has three sons, aged 20, 25 and 30, said: "I didn't think at all in that moment. I just followed my instincts and tried to help the kid.
"The more I think about it, the more shocked I am. If it could happen to him, it could happen to anyone. I really feel for his family, my thoughts go out to them. I asked the police to pass on a message to his parents: 'If it's any consolation, he wasn't on his own in his last moments alive."
Saturday's incident drew residents on to the street, including Waseem Syed, of Wigman Road, who was at home when sister Rizwana Syed, 22, ran into the house screaming that someone had been shot. Mr Syed, 27, who ran outside, said: "When I got there, he was lying on the floor. It was dark, but I could see someone was massaging his chest and saying 'you're not breathing!'
"I've lived here for 12 years and never experienced anything like this."
Mr Syed's brother, Ali, 34, said he was struggling to make his children, aged 13, 12 and two, feel safe outside. "I can't believe this has happened."
A shop assistant at Premier Express, Chingford Road, described Mr Edwardsas "polite" and "decent".
Nottingham city councillor Derek Creswell, who represents Bilborough, said: "I can't remember the last time we had a shooting in Strelley, I've lived here 40 odd years and I'm surprised."
Graham Allen, MP for Nottingham North, said: "It's quite a peaceful area and I can't remember anything of this nature happening in the recent past."
New police crime commissioner Paddy Tipping said: "I think it's too early to comment until further enquiries have been made. Nottingham is safer than it's been for many years and we mustn't let fear of crime cloud our judgement about the safety of the city."
Superintendent Brian Beasley said: "Our enquiries are continuing to build up a picture of what happened last night but we still need to speak to anyone who might have seen or heard anything. Did you hear the sound of a firearm being discharged? We believe a silver Ford Fiesta carrying two or three men is linked to this death. Did you see it driving at speed or erratically through Bilborough, Wollaton, or Trowell.
"A vehicle matching the description was burnt out in the Cossall Lane area.
Call the incident room at West Bridgford on 0115 8446916 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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