Man in court over shooting on Leeds Carnival day

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A man has appeared in court accused of attempted murder in connection with an alleged shooting after the West Indian Carnival in Leeds.

Meshac James, 20, also faces a charge of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and two offences of possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

James appeared before Leeds Magistrates' Court today over the incident which is said to have taken place on Cowper Street, Chapeltown, at 2.20am on Monday August 28.

James, of Hamilton Avenue, Chapeltown, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and address.

He appeared in the secure dock of the court between two officers and had his left arm in a sling.

No pleas were entered to any of the charges.

Prosecutor Christopher Styles said a man was injured after a shotgun was fired at him at "point blank" range.

The man was taken to hospital with injuries to his arm.

Mr Styles said a weapon had since been recovered.

The court heard the drugs charges relate to the discovery of wraps of heroin and cocaine.

District judge Paul Currer told Hamilton the case was too serious to be dealt with in the magistrates' court.

The case was committed to Leeds Crown Court, where James will appear on September 28.

No bail application was made and James was remanded into custody until his next court appearance.

The shooting followed celebrations in Chapeltown as the area hosted Leeds' 50th West Indian Carnival.