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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 October, 2004, 10:35 GMT 11:35 UK
Two victims named after shooting
Donna Small
Ms Small's mother described her as "fun-loving and reliable"
Two women shot in the head during a "pre-planned gang-related" shooting in Bristol have been named by police.

Donna Small, 22, from Horfield, and Asha Jama, 25, from St Andrews were "innocent victims", police have said.

They came under fire after they were given a lift by three men on Saturday, whose car was shot at by the occupants of a BMW.

Ms Small is in a "critical" condition and Ms Jama may lose the sight in one eye, but is said to be "comfortable".

Avon and Somerset Police believe the three men who had offered the two friends a lift fled when shots were fired on the corner of Chalks Road and Lyndale Road.

'A tragedy'

The Saab they were travelling in was abandoned, before later being dumped at Trinity Road Police station.

The shooting was part of a dispute between gangs, the chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police told the BBC.

Police have confirmed that neither car involved was stolen.

Ms Small's mother, Jackie Probert, said: "Donna is a fun-loving, loyal, reliable and trusting girl."

She had been due to start a new job at a bank in Bristol on Monday, Ms Probert added.

Det Ch Insp Geoff Spicer said: "Donna and Asha have been innocent victims of this terrible crime.

"They are both young women who were making the most of their lives and it is a tragedy that due to them simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time, they have suffered so much.

"We are currently working with ballistics experts and crime scene investigators on both vehicles related to this incident," he added.

About 100 police officers are working on the investigation.

It is believed a semi-automatic weapon was used.

Police say the offenders do not come from the Bristol area.

The BBC's Steve Brodie reports
"They were the innocent victims"

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