A sniper is arrested for shooting at a school and homes in Villamediana de Iregua, in La Rioja

The Civil Guard has arrested a sniper in Villamediana de Iregua (La Rioja) who shot from his home to housesto a school and a kindergarten with modified compressed air weapons, which created a risk for people.

This 41-year-old man modified air rifles to increase their power or to turn them into prohibited weaponswith the capacity to fire 22 caliber ammunition, detailed this Wednesday the Civil Guard of La Rioja in a note.

The detainee is considered the alleged perpetrator of the crimes of illegal possession of weapons, damages and documentary falsification.

The so-called Operation Necromancer started after six complaints filed by neighbors of Villamediana -a town of about 8,00 inhabitants bordering Logroño- before the shots fired at chimneys and antennas of residential buildings, a school and a nursery.

Surveillance and control of the area allowed to focus suspicions on a local residentwho, for several months, had been identified on different occasions.

The Civil Guard, in different controls, had intervened, inside this man’s car, three long weapons of the 5.5-millimeter caliber, two visors, a box of ammunition, a large knife and various accessories.

This material was sent to the Criminalistics laboratory of the Civil Guard in La Rioja, where it was determined that one of the carbines had been modified to use 22 caliber projectiles and deliberately increase its lethality; and another of the weapons had been modified for greater firepower.

In addition, the ballistic comparison of the projectiles collected during the technical-ocular inspections in the attacked areas determined that they were fired by one of the seized carbines; and the graphic analysis concluded that the weapons cards he had were fake.

The Court of Instruction number 1 of Logroño authorized the entry and search of two houses and a cabin, the latter used by the suspect as a work area to handle weapons and carry out firing tests.

The records seized another three modified weapons, tools and accessories for handling weapons, telescopic sights, accessories for precision shooting, two flashlight-like taser pistols, eight boxes of ammunition and counterfeit weapons cards.

Small amounts of hashish and speed and 120 MDMA pills were also found in the building where he occasionally lived with his sentimental partner.

Ecstasy users came daily to this property, located a few meters from a school and a nursery, to stock up on this substance, he added.

The detainee, the proceedings conducted, the weapons and the effects seized have been placed at the disposal of the judicial authority; as well as a report verifying the lethality of the seized weapons.

Source: okdiario.com by okdiario.com.

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