A SHOOTING at a busy Gold Coast car park was part of a botched extortion attempt that has landed a Queensland man in jail for seven and a half years.
Chase John Haskell was sentenced in a Brisbane court today after pleading guilty to a string of charges.
The court heard Haskell had arranged to return a stolen car to its owner in exchange for money but things went awry when he arrived at the Molendinar Shopping Centre on October 19, 2012 to find the owner with three other men, one of whom was armed with a knife.
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Haskell fired a warning shot into the ground.
It ricocheted and grazed one of the men on his hip and hand.
Haskell fired another shot into the air before fleeing in the stolen car.
He was arrested more than two months later and found with illicit drugs, a large amount of cash, jewellery, electronic goods, several weapons and other prohibited items.
Haskell pleaded guilty to all charges and will be eligible for parole in December next year – after already serving 10 months..