24 Hours in Police Custody: Luton gunman shoots at car in street [Video]


Shocking moment gunman shoots at car in middle of street is revealed as police tell how they brought the would-be killer to justice

  • Justice McCann is serving 22 years after shooting a stranger in the chest in Luton
  • The hunt for the shooter is featured on an episode of 24 Hours in Police Custody
  • A teaser clip shows police watching footage of the man firing at a passing car 

This is the shocking moment a drug-dealing gunman shoots at car in the middle of street as police reveal how they brought the would-be killer to justice.

Justice McCann is serving 22-and-a-half years in prison after firing a handgun at a stranger’s chest at close range in a shocking attack in Luton which left the victim too scared to leave the house again.

The hunt for the shooter is featured on an episode of Channel 4’s 24 Hours in Police Custody, providing unprecedented access behind the scenes as officers investigated the crime.

In a teaser clip, seen by MailOnline, officers are seen tracking a man on CCTV, noting ‘he looks angry…he’s not really making sense, is he?’

Justice McCann is serving 22-and-a-half years in prison after firing a handgun at a stranger's chest at close range in a shocking attack in Luton which left the victim too scared to leave the house again

Justice McCann is serving 22-and-a-half years in prison after firing a handgun at a stranger’s chest at close range in a shocking attack in Luton which left the victim too scared to leave the house again

McCann, of Ravenhill Way, Luton, was jailed last year after admitting attempted murder, possessing firearms and intent to supply cannabis

McCann, of Ravenhill Way, Luton, was jailed last year after admitting attempted murder, possessing firearms and intent to supply cannabis

Footage shows him appearing to point a gun as a car drives towards him down a residential road, at which point an officer says: ‘Here he comes, look, he’s got something in his hand, there…he’s aiming at that car.’

The video then shows him running after the car and firing the gun as it drives away, while officers try and identify him by looking at the ‘distinctive writing’ on his hoodie.

Pressure mounted on Bedfordshire Police to find the shooter, who went on to fire at a stranger in what appeared to be a completely unprovoked attack, and so detectives launched a frantic operation to identify the suspect.

DC Colin Knight of the force’s Guns & Gangs unit said: ‘We have a very dangerous person out there willing to shoot innocent members of the public. The ultimate fear would be if he’s done it once he can do it again…’ 

The programme then reveals how a young woman walks into Luton police station and tells detectives she too has been threatened by the man. ‘

He caught me by my throat, and put the gun against my head and asked me whether if I was a wolverine or wolf,’ she said. 

Cameras follow every twist and turn of the manhunt as detectives gather evidence to work out what really lies behind the attempted murder of an innocent man, as they try to catch the shooter before he strikes again.  

McCann, of Ravenhill Way, Luton, was jailed last year after admitting attempted murder, possessing firearms and intent to supply cannabis. 

McCann fired this gun at the victim, who spent two weeks in hospital after the attack

McCann fired this gun at the victim, who spent two weeks in hospital after the attack

The court was told how the victim spent two weeks in hospital after the attack, and couldn’t leave his home through fear, adding that the incident had destroyed his life. 

Sentencing him to 22-and-a-half years with five years on licence, Judge Mark Bishop called him a ‘dangerous offender’.

He said: ‘These were grave offences in which you almost killed a man totally unknown to you.’

Ahead of the programme’s airing, Detective Sergeant Wil Taylor told MailOnline: ‘Justice McCann as a job was incredibly unique.

‘The idea that someone just walks down a road firing a gun nonchalantly at people or vehicles and then shoots an innocent passer-by, I don’t think I’ve seen anything like it. 

‘Firearm discharges themselves are quite rare and they’re usually in a dispute between gangs rather than what Justice McCann did.’ 

  • 24 Hours in Police Custody: The Search for Justice, Mon 29 Mar, 9pm 

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