Dwayne Signor, left, and Khyri  Smith-Williams, right, appeared in court today as the RAA shooting trial began. These photos show Mr. Signor and Mr. Smith-Williams entering Magistrates Court when they were charged in April. *File photos
Dwayne Signor, left, and Khyri Smith-Williams, right, appeared in court today as the RAA shooting trial began. These photos show Mr. Signor and Mr. Smith-Williams entering Magistrates Court when they were charged in April. *File photos

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18: A bar brawl ended in bloodshed when a man picked up a pistol and shot a teenager in the back, a court heard.

Dwayne Signor is said to have opened fire at Shawn Williams in the Royal Artillery Association Club in St George’s.

The shooting took place moments after a group of young men came to blows in the club in the early hours of April 4, this year.

A jury at the Supreme Court was told the fight erupted when Khyri Smith-Williams lifted up his shirt to show he had a gun in his waistband.

Mr. Smith-Williams was set upon by two men in the bar during which time he was stabbed and beaten unconscious, the court heard.

Mr. Signor, 28, is alleged to have then taken the gun and shot Mr. Williams in the back.

Prosecutor Rob Welling told the jury that Mr. Smith, 18, and Mr. Smith-Williams, 19, were friends.

He said: “The argument began when Shawn Williams was at the bar and asked another St. George’s man who Kyle Tannock was.

“Kyle Tannock took offence to the way this was done so he challenged Shawn Williams.

“Shawn Williams’ cousin, Jahdal Denbrook, intervened and tried to calm the situation down – and for a brief period of time it was calm.

“At that point Khyri Smith-Williams, knowing he was armed, and despite being outnumbered by St. George’s men became argumentative and confrontational towards Mr. Denbrook and Mr. Tannock.

“They were threatened by his actions of pulling up his shirt – that was a quite deliberate demonstration that he had a gun in the waist of his jeans.

“They attacked Khyri Smith-Williams before he could get the gun.

“Mr. Denbrook head butted Mr. Smith-Williams fiercely and Kyle Tannock joined in the attack to prevent him reaching for the gun.”

Mr. Welling told the court that Mr. Signor then “reached into the fighting group” and took the gun.

He added: “Dwayne Signor moved away from the bar to the area of the pool room.

“Shawn Williams and Jason Barnett then began to fight and the fight moved in the direction of Dwayne Signor.

“Very shortly after that our case is that Dwayne Signor shot at Shawn Williams with that single bullet causing the injury.

“Despite the fact it was a heated situation you will know from the way the bullet entered and the evidence you hear that there was simply no justification for Dwayne Signor to shoot that gun.

“Anyone who shoots a gun and aims at a person, in our opinion, must be intending that person to be killed.”

Mr. Signor is then said to have fled the RAA club with the gun in his hand.

Mr. Williams collapsed in the entrance hall to the club and was treated by ambulance staff.

He was shot by a single bullet, which entered the left side of his kidney and perforated his colon.

Mr. Signor of St. George’s denies attempted murder and firing a loaded weapon with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. He also denies possessing a firearm and ammunition.

Mr. Smith-Williams denies carrying a prohibited weapon and going armed in public so as to cause terror.

The trial continues.