A GUNMAN shot a 75-year-old woman with a pellet gun before opening fire on a dog walker as he selected victims at random from his bedroom window.

When police went to arrest him, Darren Thomas, 49, was naked when he answered the door, prosecutor Laurence Jones said.

Newport Crown Court heard how pensioner Lorraine Baldwin was hit in the back and left thigh by the defendant.

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Julian Patey was shot in the back of neck and needed surgery to remove the pellet.

The shocking attacks took place in Lansbury Park, Caerphilly, in October 2019.

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The victims have been so traumatised by their ordeals that they have moved away from the area.

In a victim personal statement, Mrs Baldwin said: "Since that day I have changed. “I am afraid every single day and afraid to leave my home.

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“I'm afraid if I go out I will be hurt again... I am a shell of the woman I once was. Me and my husband have decided to move."

Mr Peaty said: “I have not been able to walk that street because I feel frightened and anxious about what happened to me.

“I have a scar on the back of my neck which will be with me for life.”

Thomas, of Lon Yr Odyn, pleaded guilty to wounding.

The court was told he has 21 previous convictions for 44 offences although the last for violence took place 20 years ago.

His barrister Emma Harris said in mitigation that his client was remorseful for his actions.

Judge Jeremy Jenkins told the defendant: "Each of these injuries were caused to the victim by you firing a gun from a bedroom at your house whilst they were out walking their dogs or out enjoying the amenities near your home."

Thomas was jailed for 32 months and pay a victim surcharge following his release from prison.