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Gunman Christopher Hulse jailed after blinding victim in Woolton attack

Christopher Allan Hulse Image copyright Merseyside Police
Image caption Christopher Allan Hulse was described by police as "highly dangerous"

A 39-year-old who shot a man in the face with a shotgun has been handed a life sentence.

Allan Christopher Hulse blinded his victim in one eye during what police said was a "targeted attack" at a house in Netherton, Merseyside.

Hulse first shot at the front door of the Eden Vale home, before firing at the victim when he came to investigate.

He was jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent to endanger life.

Hulse, of Coney Crescent, Crosby, also admitted possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life after firing a weapon at a property on Old Quarry, Woolton, Liverpool.

He was sentenced to eight years - to run concurrently - after admitting possession of a shotgun and a handgun, which were discovered at his address on Coney Crescent, Thornton.

'Highly dangerous'

Judge Mark Brown said he would serve a minimum of seven and a half years.

After the sentencing, Det Insp Ian Hussey of Merseyside Police said: "Allan Hulse is a highly dangerous offender who used firearms to intimidate and frighten people."

The detective said the Eden Vale shooting, which happened on 21 January, had a "devastating impact on the victim".

During the incident in Woolton, on 15 November 2013, Hulse shot at a house, smashing a window and sending glass flying inside the property.

Det Insp Hussey said a woman in the home at the time was unhurt but left "terrified".

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