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Chinese gunman ‘fired at 20 parked cars to check sights of his new air rifle’

A Chinese gunman allegedly shot at 20 different vehicles parked near his home as target practice to help align the sights of his new air rifle, mainland media reports.

Police detained the suspect, in his 30s, who lives in a rented apartment in Hefei, Anhui province, earlier this month after several car owners had complained last month that their vehicles had been damaged by gunshots, the news website Anhuinews.com reported.

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The man, identified by his surname Chen, reportedly admitted firing at the vehicles over a four-day period.

He allegedly told police he had fired at the vehicles to help him correctly align the sights of his newly bought air rifle.

Local police said a number of motorists complained that their windscreens were damaged after being hit by air pellets while parked near or inside a residential area in the city.

No one had been injured by the air pellets fired by the suspect, the report said.

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Police checked footage from surveillance cameras in the area and found that the pellets had all been fired from the same apartment on the fifth floor of one of the residential buildings in the area.

They seized the air rifle gun and more than 600 pellets from the suspect’s apartment. He claimed he had bought the weapon from an online store.

The possession of guns is illegal on the mainland. People need to apply for permission from the authorities if they wish to own an air rifle or air pistol.