|Two sentenced after gun attack
Guilty - Mitchell and Nolan
Two men have been sentenced after a neighbourhood dispute escalated into a gun attack.
The gunman shot at a neighbour following a row over misbehaving children.
David Mitchell (born 22/01/1983), of Calder Road, Norley Hall, Wigan, had earlier pleaded guilty at Liverpool Crown Court to Section 18 assault and Section 18 of the firearms act - possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Mitchell was today, Friday 20 September 2013, sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
Sean Anthony Nolan (born 17/07/1987), of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to assisting an offender and was sentenced yesterday, Thursday, 19 September, to three years imprisonment.
In the run-up to the shooting, there had been a simmering row between Mitchell, his girlfriend, and another family over an incident where a parent had told off someone else's child.
On Friday, 5 April 2013, Mitchell was seen arguing in the street with the 29-year-old victim. He continued to berate him about the previous incident and, as he walked away after the row, was heard to shout: "Watch, I'm gonna get me gun now and shoot you!"
Later that day, at about 8pm, Mitchell, Nolan and another man went into Norley Shop and Save on Norley Hall Avenue and bought a number of black hats and gloves.
At about 8.50pm, Mitchell and Nolan approached the victim's house and Mitchell fired a shotgun twice, once hitting the house and once hitting the victim.
They then ran away laughing and Mitchell was heard to say "I've done what I needed to do!"
The victim was found to have pellet wound injuries to his leg and a cut to his forehead. He has now made a full recovery.
An extensive enquiry was undertaken by the Major Incident Team from Greater Mancheter Police.
This led to the identification of the main offender, Mitchell, together, with an accomplice, Nolan.
Detective Constable Cathy Gerrard, of GMP's Major Incident Team, said: "Mitchell's attempt to resolve a neighbourhood dispute with a firearm has landed him in jail for a considerable term.
Mitchell must have known his actions would have a shocking effect on the local community.
"No-one wants to live where people like Mitchell can march round and settle arguments with a firearm.
"Thankfully, they no longer have to as Mitchell, and his accomplice Nolan, are where they belong - jail."