A gunman who almost killed a security guard at the NEC when he shot him at point blank range during a Kanye West concert has been jailed for life.
Abidan Raphael (27) who also ran over a parking attendant and shot two other men in separate incidents, was described as "a very dangerous man" by Judge Alistair McCreath. He said Raphael could not be considered for release until he had served 20 years in prison.
Raphael, of no fixed address, was found guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court of three charges of attempted murder, two of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life and wounding with intent.
Joanne Bushell (22) of Osborne Road, Moseley, was convicted of assisting an offender and jailed for three years.
Judge McCreath said in February last year Raphael had gone to a concert at the NEC without a ticket and had twice been thrown out.
"Your reaction to that was to shoot Mr Robert Tough at point blank range in the head plainly intending to kill him. You then fired a further three shots at him. It is little short of a miracle that he survived."
He went on: "A mere recital of the facts demonstrates the obvious, that you are a very dangerous man indeed."
Timothy Raggatt QC, prosecuting, said Raphael, who he described as extremely arrogant and violent, went to a concert by American rapper Kanye West on February 28 last year with his girlfriend, Bushell.
He said they arrived at 9.30pm, after the sellout concert had begun in front of 10-12,000 people.
The court heard that Raphael, Bushell and others had been found by security staff in a bar that had been closed and were thrown out.
Mr Raggatt said Mr Tough then spotted Raphael in the concert hall and the defendant was frogmarched out.
Raphael then produced a handgun, firing six bullets, four of which hit Mr Tough. Mr Raggatt said one of the shots went through the victim's cheek and emerged from the back of his neck.
"It was literally millimetres from being a fatal shot,'' he said.
Mr Raggatt said another member of the security staff was hit in the abdomen.
He said in November 2005, after staying in a hotel in Digbeth, Raphael had deliberately run over the parking attendant when he left the hotel car park.
Raphael walked away from the scene, leaving the victim trapped under the wheels of the vehicle with severe head injuries.
Mr Raggatt said in June last year Raphael shot a father and son in Coplow Street in Ladywood because he believed he had been disrespected.
The two defendants were arrested the following day at New Street Station by officers armed with Taser guns.
After the case, Detective Inspector Iain Grant, in charge of the NEC shootings investigation, said: "The investigation into the shootings across the city was complex and time consuming. I feel that justice has been done for the victims."