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Last Updated: Tuesday, 19 October, 2004, 10:52 GMT 11:52 UK
Shot woman's condition 'improves'
Donna Small
Donna Small remains in a critical condition in hospital
The condition of a woman who was shot in the head during a pre-planned gang-related shooting in Bristol is improving, say doctors.

Donna Small, 22, and Asha Jama, 25, were shot by the occupants of a BMW car after being given a lift by three men in a Saab.

Donna was left critically injured in the attack - but now she is showing signs of improvement.

Her friend, Asha, has lost the sight in one of her eyes.

Police say the two girls are innocent victims.

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

The Saab they were travelling in was later 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.

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

About 100 police officers are working on the investigation.

It is believed a semi-automatic weapon was used.

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




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Donna's father, Mark Small
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