Peterborough travellers' site shootings: Two jailed
- 22 March 2013
- From the section Cambridgeshire
A father and son found guilty of shooting three men at a travellers' site in Peterborough have been jailed.
John Smith, 23, of Edgerley Drain Road, Peterborough, was sentenced to 22 years for attempted murder.
Fred Smith, 47, of the same address, was jailed for 14 years for three counts of grievous bodily harm.
Armed police were called to Oxney Road in the city on 17 September after three men sustained gunshot wounds. All victims survived the attack.
Smith Jr was also sentenced to 14 years for two counts of grievous bodily harm and possession of a firearm with intent, to run concurrently with his 22-year sentence.
The shootings of Thomas Holmes, James Holmes and Tony Draper were described in Peterborough Crown Court as a "Rambo-style attack".
The pair had arrived at the site by car and opened fire.
Mr Draper was shot at close range in the stomach with a 12-bore shotgun and had to be airlifted to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.
Det Insp Dave Grierson, of Cambridgeshire Police, said the crime could "easily" have become a murder inquiry.
He added: "I hope this conviction sends out a strong message to others that this type of criminality is not acceptable and will not be ignored by police."