Police believe Nathaniel Grant, known as “Killa Buzz”, rented the .22 silver semi automatic gun which paralysed Thusha for just £250. It shows how easily gangs can acquire cheap, lethal weapons to enforce their dominance in the drug trade and intimidate rivals. Grant, 21, is regarded as a senior or “elder” in the GAS gang, which stands for Guns and Shanks (knives). The gang is believed to be responsible for 80% of all the violent crime in the Brixton area. Much of it is made up of revenge attacks on rival gangs such as ABM (all about money) from Stockwell and TNI (trust no one) from Tulse Hill. Grant coordinated robberies, drug deals and recruitment of fresh, younger blood who treated him with awe. Anthony McCalla, 20, is the son of a Brixton electrician and crack addicted mother and was brought up by his grandmother. He headed off into crime when he turned his back on school at 11. He was on bail at the time Thusha was shot after being arrested over a bus brawl and during the trial injured a prison guard in a punch up. Kazeem Kolawole, 19, considered himself an enforcer and was on an electronic tag after being caught carrying a knife during the Thusha shooting. Known as Kaz he would mock his rivals or “pagans” for their failure to kill. The two most notorious GAS gang murders were revenge attacks. In August 2008 innocent teenager Ryan Bravo was shot – in an echo of Thusha’s traged – when shots were fired into a shop in Walworth aimed at a rival gang member. The attack was mounted in revenge for McCalla’s elder brother Jayden being kneecapped. Grant, a friend of Jayden, was cleared by an Old Bailey judge on a legal technicality of being involved in the murder. Schoolboy Zac Olumegbon, 15, was stabbed to death on his way to school in West Norwood, in retaliation for an attack on a GAS member by the TN1 gang.
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