A violent offender who shot a man in a Launceston street to settle a drug debt has been sentenced to four years' jail.
The prison sentence is the first big win for police as they seek to put a stop to a series of drug-related shootings in the city this year.
When Christopher Ernest Denman saw the victim walking along Wellington Street at 5.30am on February 11 he got out of his car with a loaded sawn-off rifle.
When the man ran Denman shouted to ``stop or he would shoot'', Justice Shan Tennent said in the Supreme Court yesterday.
Denman fired two shots hitting the man once in the arm.
The man ran in to the nearby McDonald's in South Launceston and hid until police arrived.
``Your history is one of violence and drug addiction,'' Justice Tennent said in a scathing assessment of Denman.
``(You) used a firearm in an extremely dangerous manner.''
Justice Tennent added Denman had acted with ``indiscriminate violence'', voicing concerns that the gun used in the shooting was never recovered.
The court heard that Denman handed in a weapon but police testing revealed it wasn't the one used to shoot the man.
The 32-year-old has a lengthy criminal record that include violence and has had a number of stints in jail.
The court heard he was on probation at the time he shot the man.
He had previously breached probation in 2008 and 2003, Justice Tennent said.
In 2009 he received an 18-month prison sentence for wounding.
A presentencing report ordered by Justice Tennent found Denman's ``risk of reoffending, particularly of a violent nature, (was) high'' if he didn't seek help for his drug problem.
The report expressed scepticism about Denman's new-found willingness to enter treatment, saying it was possibly motivated by a fear of ``other drug users when released from custody''.
Justice Tennent said there was little positive in the report and Denman presented a sentencing dilemma.
She said the only mitigating factor was Denman's pleas of guilty to wounding and aggravated assault.
Denman was ordered to serve two years and eight months' non-parole with the last six months of his sentence suspended.
The sentence comes as investigations in to the spate of Launceston shootings intensifies.
Launceston detectives have been eager to take the shooters off the streets but say they have been hampered by a lack of co-operation from the parties involved.
There has been on average a shooting every two weeks in Launceston since late March with most connected to a running feud related to drugs.