How the burger bar gang was caught
Source: Birmingham Mail
As one senior investigating police officer said at the time: “People were telling us they were tying their shoelace or had gone to the toilet and saw or heard nothing when a sub machine gun and handgun were being discharged just yards away.”
As a relative of one of the victims would later lament in a thinly veiled rebuke: “There were people there that saw and became blind and heard and became deaf.”
A breakthrough finally came when the red Mondeo used by the killers was found burnt out and further forensic clues and mobile phone tracking led to four arrests. The convictions gave the authorities a renewed vigour to go after the Burger Bar Boys - the so-called untouchables - and though gangland shootings continued, 2005 marked a high point in the fight against guns and gangs.
Leading members of the Johnson Crew , including one of its figure heads William “Milly” Carter, were also handed long jail terms for shooting dead an innocent 24-year-old nightclub doorman Ishfaq Ahmed, who’d tried to stop the gangsters pushing their way into Premonitions nightclub.
At their trial the court witnesses told how they heard gang members egging each other on, shouting: "Get the ting (gun) out, show em it's real" and "Smoke him (shoot him)" and "Give it to him."