Gunman jailed for attempted murder in Bolton

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McDonald was only found by police when he was arrested for another shooting

A man has been jailed for life for shooting two men outside a Bolton Nightclub 10 years ago.

Wayne McDonald, 49, who is already in prison for shooting a Lancashire Police officer, was found guilty of two counts of attempted murder and firearms possession. He had denied the charges.

The judge at Manchester Crown Court said McDonald must serve at least 18-and-a-half years.

McDonald refused to come up from the cells to face the judge in the court.

Judge Andrew Gilbart described him as a ruthless professional criminal who was prepared to use firearms to get his own way.

McDonald was convicted of two counts of attempted murder, possession of a firearm with the intention of endangering a life and two further counts of possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition.

His defence asked the judge to consider McDonald will be nearly 60 when he finishes his current sentence.

The court had been told that McDonald fired indiscriminately at a crowd of people leaving the Atlantis nightclub in Eagley Brook Way on 24 November 2000.

A 27-year-old man suffered injuries to his thigh and arm, while a 19-year-old was injured in both hands and the groin.

Despite efforts to find McDonald, he was not traced until he was arrested after Pc Katie Johnson was shot in Bamber Bridge, Lancashire on New Year's Eve 2007.

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