BREAKING: Jail for pair after sawn-off shotgun fired into car in Hyson Green
Two men have been jailed for a total of 26 years after a sawn-off shotgun was fired into a car in Hyson Green.
The incident happened at the junction of Gregory Boulevard and Birkin Avenue on April 30 this year, when Remay McKenzie pointed a shotgun through the open window of a Citroen sat in traffic.
He pointed the gun towards the rear passenger seat and fired it into the vehicle. Three men were inside the car.
The driver attempted to make off, crashing into parked cars as he did, but McKenzie pursued the vehicle on foot and fired a second shot, which hit the rear window.
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The 22-year-old then ran to a nearby Volkswagen Polo which was being driven by Ashton Alexander and the pair fled the scene.
The window of the Citroen was damaged but no one was injured in the incident.
McKenzie and Alexander were both arrested and sentenced at Nottingham Crown Court today.
They both pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.
McKenzie, formerly of Canterbury Avenue, in Radford, was sentenced to a total of 15 years.
He was jailed for 14 years for the firearms offence. He also pleaded guilty to affray and possession of cannabis with intent to supply and received a 12 month sentence for each offence, to run concurrently with each other and consecutively with the firearms offence.
Alexander, 20, formerly of Radford Road, in Hyson Green, was sentenced to 11 years for the firearms offence, to run consecutively to a four year sentence he is already serving for riot.
Detective Inspector Justine Wilson said: “Nottinghamshire Police is committed to tackling gun crime and our officers are determined to ensure incidents of this nature continue to be rare.
“The men in the car were incredibly lucky not to have been injured. However, this does not detract from the traumatic impact this incident will have had on them, the members of the public who witnessed it, and also the shock caused to the wider community.
“The incident happened in the middle of rush hour, in broad daylight and in a very busy street.
“McKenzie was responsible for firing the weapon while Alexander drove him around both before and after the shooting knowing that they were jointly in possession of a loaded weapon and intended to use it.
“Alexander then waited while McKenzie committed the offence before the pair fled Nottingham, showing a blatant disregard for the potential consequences of their actions.
“It was through the tenacity and dedication of a small team of officers that these men were tracked down and brought to justice – efforts which were commended by the Judge during the hearing.
“The sentences handed down today prove that anyone found in possession of a firearm should expect to go to prison for a significant time.”