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Luton Co-Op shooting: Omar Richards jailed for murder attempt

Omar Richards
Image caption Richards claimed he was given the gun and believed it was loaded with blanks

A man who shattered the glass door of a Co-Op in Luton in a drive-by shooting has been jailed for 18 years for attempted murder.

A cleaner moved from the door seconds before 22-year-old Omar Richards fired the shot intended for Drizz Jones, 20, Luton Crown Court had heard.

Mr Jones was walking towards the shop on Wigmore Lane on 10 May last year when Richards opened fire.

Richards, of Stronnell Lane, Luton, had denied attempted murder.

'Mercifully missed'

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

The court heard Richards was in the back of a car being driven by his female neighbour, whose friend and teenage daughter were passengers.

He told the jury he had fired the gun but claimed he thought there were only blank bullets inside.

A man he delivered cash and drugs for had given him the loaded gun because Mr Jones had "done the dirty on him", he said.

Prosecutor Alan Blake said the bullet narrowly missed Mr Jones, went through the door and "mercifully missed a cleaner who had been cleaning behind the door just seconds before".

The flattened bullet was found among boxes of cereal inside the shop.

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