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'The pain and suffering is too much': Ten X nightclub shooting victim describes impact at sentencing hearing

Mohamed Salad has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his "disturbing, horrendous" shooting at the Ten X nightclub that left one man with permanent injuries.

Mohamed Salad sentenced to 7 years in prison

A screenshot from CCTV footage that surfaced online of the shooting at Ten X nightclub in Calgary on Jan. 10, 2016. (YouTube/Screenshot)

Mohamed Salad has been sentenced to seven years in prison for his "disturbing, horrendous" shooting at the Ten X nightclub, that left one man with permanent injuries.

"A signal must be given that there is no place in this city or in this country for people to be running around with loaded firearms," said Judge Bob Wilkins as he handed down Salad's sentence.

Earlier this month, Salad pleaded guilty to two charges of recklessly discharging a firearm but said he didn't remember why he shot into the crowded Ten X nightclub because he was drunk and high on ecstasy at the time.

Kenneth Duru, 38, was wounded in the shooting.

"My life has never been the same," said Duru in his victim impact statement. "I feel like I'm not safe anymore."

Mohamed Elmi, who faced the same charges as Salad in connection with the shooting, was released from custody after his charges were stayed.

Elmi and Salad had been partying at the club when they left around 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 10. But just minutes later they pulled up in a white Ford Fusion and Salad got out, walked to the doors of the club where there were about 300 people inside and opened fire — shooting three times before a bouncer tackled him.

Duru was shot in the stomach damaging his liver, gallbladder and colon as well as breaking a rib. He lost a kidney as a result and had to undergo two surgeries.

'The pain and suffering is too much'

Duru says he feels bitter, angry and frustrated and suffers from nightmares and flashbacks.

"I feel always on the edge ... as if there is danger lurking around every corner," he said. 

"The pain and suffering is too much for me to handle and I feel like I have no control over myself."

The sentence was imposed after Crown prosecutor Carla MacPhail and defence lawyer Hersh Wolch jointly proposed a seven year sentence and a lifetime firearms prohibition.

Wilkins called the shooting a "disturbing, horrendous incident."

"Fortunately nobody else [was] killed or injured."

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