A gang member who carried out a number of shooting attacks on homes in Birmingham has been jailed for 14 years.
Sameer Khan was present when three of the attacks took place in Saltley and West Midlands Police said that they later found the 26-year-old had hidden the gun used in the shootings in his cellar.
Khan, of Highfield Road, Alum Rock, had previously admitted a charge of conspiracy to possess a firearm with intent to endanger life and was sentenced to 14 years and four months at Birmingham Crown Court this week.
The attacks took place between July 24 and July 28 last year. There were four separate incidents when shots were fired at residential properties in the Saltley area. The first took place shortly before 4am on July 24 when three shots were fired at a home near to where Khan lived on Highfield Road. Two went through the ground floor living room window and one shot penetrated the internal dividing wall.
Officers recovered a spent .44 calibre bullet from the rear living room and recovered another spent bullet which was on the floor to the rear of the internal ground floor bay window. One shot was discharged into the first-floor bedroom window and a partial spent bullet recovered from the windowsill.
Then on 25 July at around 3am the same property on Highfield Road was targeted again when three to four shots were discharged into the premises via the ground floor front window. Police recovered ballistic evidence from the scene.
Shortly before 5am on 27 July two men were seen on CCTV walking towards a property on College Road where three shots were fired at a property. The men then fled on foot towards Alum Rock Road. At this scene officers recovered three spent .44 calibre bullets and seized CCTV footage.
Then on 28 July at around 4.30am two masked men riding pedal bikes arrived at another property on Highfield Road. Shots were fired through the front door of the home, which struck a door and internal hallway wall.
The man in the home was woken up by the shots and looked out to see the masked men outside the address. They then fled the scene on the bikes towards the junction with Harts Road. Police said that they made enquiries and officers from WMP firearms team then detained Khan at his home.
They conducted a search in the cellar. A black Calvin Klein bag was found inside the rafters of the ceiling and inside was a Smith and Wesson .44 calibre revolver. We also found a number of spent and live .44 calibre ammunition rounds.
Detective Inspector Gemma Currie, Complex Investigation Manager at Force CID Stechford, said: “We were able to place Khan at the scene of the weapons discharges after raiding his home and discovering a gun and live ammunition in his cellar.
"The .44 calibre bullets were the same type which were recovered at the four scenes. These attacks would have caused a great deal of distress for people living at the addresses.
“We are delighted Khan has been taken off the streets and his custodial sentence sends out a clear message that incidents involving the discharge of weapons simply won’t be tolerated.”