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I’m no hero, I just protected my friend
10:30pm Monday 17th September 2012 in News
A MUM hailed her friend a hero after she shielded her during a drive-by shooting outside TP Sports Bar in Colchester.
Vicky Laws, 25, of Nathan Court, Colchester, has thanked pal Leanne Read, 23, for risking her own safety to protect her.
They were among the late-night revellers, spilling onto the street as bars closed, who heard the gun shots.
Using lightning-quick reactions, Leanne, who works at Colonia Court care home, Colchester, pushed Vicky against a wall, into a doorway and stood in front of her.
Leanne, of Dilbridge Road, Colchester, said: “I had to get Vicky safe. She has two children, so I had to make sure she was OK.
“Vicky keeps texting me calling me her hero, but I think anyone would have done it really.”
Vicky, who is mum to four-year-old Tori and three month old Tiana, said: “Leanne said ‘Don’t worry about me, you are the one with kids to look after’. I couldn’t believe it. It was a brave thing to do.
“There were police everywhere and people were running.
“The police haven’t found the weapon yet, it could have been chucked anywhere. It makes you feel sick.”
The shooting has rocked Colchester residents who are still coming to terms with the tragic murder of 17-year-old Jay Whiston, from Clacton, who was killed in Colchester last weekend.
Tony Farmer, 30, of Guildford Road, Colchester, said: “I don’t put anything past Colchester these days.
“When we were growing up, people would just have a fight, but these days it is more likely they could stab you or shoot you.”
Steve Aznar, 51, of Winnock Road, Colchester, said: “I am shocked that it’s happened in Colchester. I wouldn’t expect it in this town. It is a shame it has come this far. It has come very quickly after the murder that shocked everyone. It is very disturbing.”
Hilary Ash, 42, of Walthorn Way, Frinton, said: “We have just had the death of poor Jay Whiston who my son was friends with. It just seems to be one thing after another.
“It is getting too much around here.”
Joy Mitchell, 74, of Harwich Road, Colchester, added: “We seem to get something all the time every weekend. What is happening to our little town? People will not come here on holiday if this keeps happening.”