Minutes after Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks was fatally shot outside a city nightclub his accused murderer tossed a handgun into a recycling bin, court heard Thursday.
Darwin Concepcion said he didn’t even know Lugela was armed when they and a third man fled the parking lot of Marquee Beer Market in the early hours of Sept. 25, 2016.
In fact, Concepcion thought someone may have shot at their group, when he, Lugela and Dhia-Al-Hage Mohammed, who he knew as D-Mo, hopped into his BMW X6 SUV.
“We all jumped in the vehicle and Nelson looked at me and said ‘we gotta go,’” Concepcion told Crown prosecutor Gord Haight.
“What I thought was at first is somebody came and shot at us … so I hop in the vehicle and go.”
Moments earlier, Concepcion said he was talking to a female friend on the sidewalk outside the nightclub as patrons poured out at closing time.
“I was standing there talking to her and that’s when I heard a bang in my left ear,” he said.
“It was coming from behind me.”
He said the shot was deafening.
“It was a loud bang, it rang my ears for a good minute, I could tell it was up close.”
As he turned around Concepcion saw people fleeing the scene.
Lugela, 21, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of Hicks, who was at the club with a group of teammates celebrating a win the previous afternoon.
Concepcion said after they fled the parking lot onto Macleod Tr. north they took the first left and he drove up a hill before parking his SUV.
“That’s when I saw the pistol in Nelson’s hand,” he said.
“He was like ‘I hit two shots, I don’t think he’s going to make it,’” the witness said, leading Hicks’ mother, Renee Hill to sob loudly in the courtroom gallery.
The three of them got out of the vehicle and started walking, cutting through a yard to get to a back alley.
“That’s when I see … the gun gets thrown into some kind of garbage — recycling bin,” Concepcion said.
“It was Nelson who threw the gun inside the recycling bin.”
He said Mohammed didn’t appear to be aware of what had occurred outside the club.
“He was also shocked about the situation, I don’t think he said anything,” Concepcion said.
“I don’t remember D-Mo handling the gun.”
The trio then walked back to Macleod Tr. and were arrested by police a short time later.
Defence lawyer Alain Hepner will cross-examine Concepcion Friday.
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