Ruslanas Solovjovas, has been jailed for shooting at the public from third floor window
Ruslanas Solovjovas, 39, took aim at passers-by and shoppers from a third floor window.
Dozens of armed police swooped on the site of the former Wellington pub in Boston, Lincolnshire, after residents reported shots were being fired from the upper floors of the building.
Lincolnshire Police were forced to seal off several streets after Solovjovas started taking “pot-shots” at strangers on a quiet Sunday morning.
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When officers raided the flat where Solovjovas had been staked out, they found the weapon and left over pellets.
A cushion had also been moved towards the window to make his firing position more comfortable.
Among his victims was a 28-year-old mother-of two who was shot in her right leg as she went to buy some biscuits from a local shop.
Another man was left with blood pouring down his back after being shot and a dent in his car, Lincoln Crown Court heard.
Dozens of armed police swooped on the site of the former Wellington pub in Boston, Lincolnshire
When armed police arrested Solovjovas he claimed to be “Jesus Christ” and warned them “I’ve got a gun” before boasting: “I was a sniper in my own country.”
He told police that he was eight out of ten on a scale of being drunk
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said: “People reported the noise of pellets whizzing past as they walked down the street.”
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After the incident on Sunday 13 November, Lincolnshire Police described the air rifle as “potentially lethal.”
In a victim impact statement the 28-year-old mother, who required hospital treatment for her injuries, told of her terror that her two children could have been shot as they sat in her car.
Ruslanas Solovjovas, 39, a former Lithuanian army sniper
Another 44-year-old woman revealed she now suffers from recurring nightmares in which she is “always running away from the shooting.”
Stuart Lody, mitigating, said Solovjovas had been drinking vodka on the day of the incident after his girlfriend dumped him because of his heavy drinking.
Mr Lody said: “He told police that he was eight out of ten on a scale of being drunk.
Lincoln Crown Court
“He decided to use the air rifle, which he had bought a few days before and which his girlfriend had told him to get rid of, to shoot at perfectly innocent people."
Solovjovas, admitted three charges of common assault and two charges of assault causing actual bodily harm to the five people he shot. He was jailed for 14 months.
Judge Michael Heath said his sentencing powers were limited by the fact that none of the physical injuries were serious.
Judge Heath told Solovjovas: “You could have caused the loss of eyes and heaven knows what would have happened if you had hit somebody in the temple.”
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