- Yusuf Omer Yusuf shot the victim in the throat with a semi-automatic handgun
- He was left with a fractured upper vertebra in the neck and a damaged spine
- Row had erupted between the pair earlier in the day outside Tottenham shop
- Court heard Yusuf had felt disrespected because victim asked him who he was
A shooter who paralysed a man by firing at his throat at point blank range because he 'felt disrespected' has been jailed for ten years.
Yusuf Omer Yusuf, 23, shot the 27-year-old with a semi-automatic handgun at an address in Bruce Grove, Tottenham, in the early hours of February 1.
A minor row had erupted between the two men earlier in the day outside a shop, the Old Bailey heard.
Yusuf, known as 'Shaver', had felt disrespected after the victim said: 'Who are you? I don't know you. Who are you to involve yourself?'
The bullet fractured an upper vertebra in the victim's neck and damaged his spine, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.
Violent crime has soared in London in the last year, with more than 100 murder investigations being launched by police.
Six days after the shooting, Yusuf was arrested on a plane bound for Somalia at Heathrow Airport.
Yusuf, of no fixed address, was convicted of committing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and jailed for ten years following a trial at the Old Bailey.
He also received a nine-year sentence, to run concurrently, for possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
During a police interview, Yusuf replied 'no comment' to all questions about the shooting.
Detective Constable Sanjeev Sharma, of the Met's Trident and Area Crime Command, said: 'After a minor dispute, Yusuf armed himself with a gun and aasaulted a man for the trivial fact he felt "disrespected".
'The victim of this shooting was incredibly lucky to survive but has been left with a life-changing injury.
'Deadly weapons such as semi-automatic handguns have no place on the streets of London.
'The Trident team is working relentlessly to bring to justice those responsible for acts of violence such as this.'