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Luton Co-Op cleaner 'avoided gunshot'

A man cleaning a store in Luton moved from the door seconds before a gunshot penetrated the glass, a court has heard.

A bullet was fired at the Co-Op from a moving car in Wigmore Lane in May last year, Luton Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Alan Blake said the target was Drizz Jones, 20, who was walking towards the shop.

Omar Richards, 22, of Stronnell Close, Luton, denies the attempted murder of Mr Jones.

He has admitted having a firearm and ammunition in a public place and possessing the firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

'Mercifully missed'

Mr Blake said: "Omar Richards admits he was the gunman but will say his intention was to cause fear to Mr Jones.

"The Crown say it was not fear he intended but it was to do violence of the utmost extent and kill him."

He added: "A bullet was fired from the rear of a black Vauxhall and narrowly missed a young man outside, who we say was the intended victim.

"The bullet went through the door and mercifully also missed a cleaner who had been cleaning behind the door just seconds before."

Richards was not caught until three months later in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

He made no comment to police questions.

The trial continues.

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