Coventry & Warwickshire

Coventry man jailed for shooting bystander

Police in Tile Hill
Image caption Parts of Tile Hill were cordoned off after the shooting

A man has been jailed for 10 years for a shooting that left a bystander with a bullet wound to his arm.

Police said the attack on Faseman Avenue, in the Tile Hill area of Coventry, on 4 June was part of a feud over a "homemade sex tape".

They said the victim, however, was a bystander and not "the intended target".

At Warwick Crown Court, Marc Cullimore, 34, pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life.

He also admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Cullimore, of Jardine Crescent, Tile Hill, was sentenced to a total of 10 years in prison and five years on extended licence on 3 April.

Det Ch Insp Matt Markham, of West Midlands Police, said: "It is more by luck that he did not injure anyone more seriously than he did or even kill someone."

Cullimore's arrest came a day after the shooting, which saw armed police, dog units and the force helicopter brought in as a block of flats on Faseman Avenue was surrounded.

Twenty residents were evacuated.

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