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A Lanarkshire gunman fired shots at a woman and children walking a dog in a quiet street

A woman feared for her life when a gunman shot her and four children in a Lanarkshire village.

Emma Davis was walking her dog when Paul Ritchie made threats from his garden and attacked his pet.

The drama unfolded as Emma took Maya for a walk with the youngsters, reports the Sunday Mail.

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Ritchie, who had previously been jailed for sending threatening emails to politicians, bawled and swore at the group and kicked the dog.

Airdrie Sheriff Court heard the incident triggered a major armed response from police.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to shooting, what later emerged was a paintball gun, at Emma and the children she was with.

However, Emma says she was convinced Ritchie – a complete stranger – was shooting a real gun at the time.

She said her Staffordshire Bull Terrier had to be put down after the incident.

Emma, ​​40, left the rural village of Dolphinton, after the incident next to Ritchie’s Grange Cottage in October 2020.

Emma said: “You could see what happened that morning on a city street, but you wouldn’t expect it in a lovely quiet village like Dolphinton.

“This stranger came out of his house screaming and swearing. He was making threats and his language was despicable. He kicked Maya, who flew across the sidewalk.

“He came out and I heard banging noises – he had armed himself with a gun and was standing on the birdbath in his back garden.

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“We were absolutely no threat to him, I’m only 5ft 5in and a size 8 and yet he was shooting in our direction as we backed off.

“It was awful. I honestly thought the kids were going to die. It made no sense – it was crazy behavior.”

Police later discovered the paintball gun in Ritchie’s home.

Emma added: “I had sleepless nights after that. We had to get away from the area.”

Businessman Ritchie admitted firing the paintball gun at the group and causing the dog unnecessary suffering. He also pleaded guilty to assaulting two police officers.

Sentencing has been postponed until next month for substantive reporting.