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Man jailed after revenge shooting targeted rival Nottingham gang

A man has been locked up for his role in a revenge shooting targeting a rival gang.

Jamal Roberts was in a stolen Volkswagen Golf with other men when one of the others fired a shotgun at another car – a Citroen – after it was caused to stop in a residential street.

The Citroen reversed rapidly up a grass verge as the gunman chased after it while pointing the weapon at the driver.

The driver managed to escape and sped off following the attack which happened in Roundwood Road in Arnold on the morning of 8 June 2019.

When a member of the public arrived on scene to see what all the commotion was, the gun was pointed at him. He ran off into a garden.

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The gunman was then picked up by the others in the Golf before it was driven off. Police later found the car abandoned after carrying out searches.

The shooting was among a series of linked tit-for-tat shootings involving two rival gangs in 2019.

Following extensive enquiries 23-year-old Roberts, formerly of Hyson Green, was arrested along with two other men on 25 June 2019.

Roberts pleaded guilty to a charge of jointly possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence – on the basis that he was in the car at the time the gun was fired and that he helped the other men still in the car to try to get away from the area.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court today (Friday 21 January 2022) Roberts was jailed for seven years.

Detective Sergeant Andrea Brown, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Although offences like this are extremely rare, we will always treat them with the utmost seriousness and investigate them thoroughly.

“It’s extremely fortunate no-one was injured during this incident which happened in public in a residential street.

“The use of firearms on our streets is completely unacceptable and I’m pleased we have been able to bring Roberts to justice for his involvement in the firearms discharge.

“I hope this case serves as a warning to other criminals that if you are involved in serious incidents such as this, we will be relentless in pursuing you, you will be caught and will almost certainly receive a substantial prison sentence.”

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