Quincy Brangman is in court today accused of  attempting to kill Nathan  Darrell. Mr. Brangman is pictured here outside  court earlier this year.  *File photo
Quincy Brangman is in court today accused of attempting to kill Nathan Darrell. Mr. Brangman is pictured here outside court earlier this year. *File photo
MONDAY, DEC. 6: A Sandys man told a Supreme Court jury today how he was “blasted” in the face with a gun from point-blank range.

Nathan Darrell, 23, was shot in the neck, chest and thigh by a man who rode up next to him on a bike. He was sitting in a car outside his home.

Mr. Darrell told the court the shooter approached the car on the driver’s side and shot him through the glass.

Quincy Brangman, 32, is on trial for the shooting and is charged with attempting to cause the death of Mr. Darrell and using a firearm to commit an indictable offence.

The alleged shooting took place February 13 this year. The trial began today.

Mr. Darrell, known as ‘Flip’, told the court he had been at two football games that evening with friends Michael Simmons and Leslie Trew.

He said he had smoked about six joints and had three beers that day.

Later that evening, he played video games at Mr. Trew’s home on Sound View Road, Sandys, then borrowed his car to drive home to Kitchener Close.

He told the court he sat in the driveway of his home to “roll a spliff” and texted his son’s mother and another female friend.

A few minutes later, he noticed someone approach the car and thought it was his friend Mr. Simmons.

“Before I could say anything, the gun just went off in my face. Pow, as soon as I seen his face.

“I looked right in their eyes. He looked right in my face before he shot.

“The person wanted me to see them before they shot me. Blatant like remember me.”

A visibly angry Mr. Darrell continued:  “He waited for me as soon as I seen him that was it.

“He blasted a shot right in my face, pow. I didn’t even know that I had been shot.

“After that, I just got out the car. I had to get away.”

Mr. Darrell told the court he “scrambled” because he thought the shooter was still behind him.

When he got to his home, he saw all the blood.

“When I pulled my shirt up, there was a hole in my chest. I started to panic. I pulled my hoodie off and wrapped it up and pit it to my chest."

Asked by Crown Counsel Kirsty-Ann Kiellor what he was thinking at the time, the victim said: “I was trying to go hospital. I was thinking ‘I can’t die’.

“This is not the time. I was just saying ‘why, why’. I was asking the Lord to forgive me for everything, begging and pleading with him.

“I was thinking ‘I can’t leave my sons like this’. I was in shock because they caught me so out of the blue. I didn’t see it coming.”

Mr. Darrell told the court he saw Brangman’s face for a “split second” but said he saw it “as clear as day” despite it being dark outside.

He said the defendant was about a foot away from him at the time of the shooting and there was lighting in the area.

 The trial continues tomorrow.