Two men who fired toy guns out of their car "just for a laugh" at people walking and cycling on Cannock Chase have been given suspended prison sentences.
A woman cyclist was shot twice in the arm and back and was now too scared to go out alone, Stafford Crown Court heard.
Mark Forster, prosecuting, said Dawn Taylor had been cycling along Penkridge Bank in Hednesford in June when she saw a passenger lean out of a car with a handgun and fire at her.
He said: "Mrs Taylor felt a sharp pain in her arm and moments later was shot in the back when the car returned." He added that another cyclist had told Mrs Taylor that he had been shot at as well and had seen the occupants of the car fire at two pedestrians before it sped off.
Thomas Rhodes (20), of Peel Terrace, and Neil Bagnall, (20), of Oxford Gardens, both Stafford, pleaded guilty to possessing an imitation firearm. They were each jailed for six months suspended for a year and told to carry out 100 hours community service. They were also ordered to pay Mrs Taylor £250 compensation, as well as £274 costs.
Mr Forster said when they were arrested the men said they each paid £2 for the guns from Penkridge Market.
"They said they went in search of a laugh and Bagnall admitted they acted stupidly," he said.
Recorder Penny Moreland told the pair they acted "out of rank stupidity rather than malice".
But she added: "We need to bear in mind the current climate of how frightening it must be for members of the public to see two young men pointing guns at them out of a car window."
Andrew Baker, defending Bagnall, said: "He wants to apologise for his behaviour which was almost inexplicable in terms of blind stupidity. The guns were plastic toys which fired plastic balls."