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Oatis Fowler: Gunman jailed for shooting Fife women

Oatis Fowler
Image caption Oatis Fowler previously pled guilty to assaulting the two women

A balaclava-clad gunman who shot two women in Fife in an attempted robbery has been sentenced to five years and three months in jail.

Oatis Fowler, 20, previously pled guilty to assaulting the two women with intent to rob them in Boblingen Way in Glenrothes on Tuesday 7 May 2013.

Fowler demanded they surrender their handbags before shooting at them with an air gun.

One of the women suffered numerous wounds.

Fowler, from Glenrothes, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on Tuesday.

Ch Insp Derek McEwan, of Police Scotland, said: "This was a terrifying ordeal for the two women, whose lives were put at risk by the cowardly behaviour of Oatis Fowler.

"They genuinely believed they would be killed, and there is no doubt that this incident could have ended in tragic circumstances.

"Even now, the two victims are still dealing with the emotional and physical side effects of their ordeal.

"Police Scotland is committed to keeping people safe, and in Glenrothes in recent months we have had a great deal of success in targeting those who choose to carry an offensive weapon, using stop and search and other tactics to carry out arrests and remove dangerous weapons from the streets of our town.

"This targeted activity will continue, and I would urge local people to play their part in keeping our community safe by reporting anyone who they believe to be carrying an offensive weapon."

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