Armed hoon whooped, hollered in shooting

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Cruz Noonan let out a loud "woohoo" as he fired a shotgun at a police car parked outside a suburban Melbourne McDonald's.

His friend Joel Papa was behind the wheel, hooning around the car park honking his horn before ramming a second police vehicle when backup arrived to investigate.

Inside the McDonald's, two officers and three staff took cover in a manager's office for nearly an hour until critical response officers arrived.

Noonan and Papa, with another man, continued to drive past the scene, honking and yelling at officers, gloating over what they had done.

Prosecutor Matt Fisher said Noonan's crime was "as brazen as it was foolish, as stupid as it was serious".

Police aircraft tracked the men and they were arrested.

Noonan, 20, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges including using a loaded firearm in a public place, possession of an unlicensed firearm and ammunition.

Noonan and Papa had only known each other a month before the August 2019 incident, and had spent a "intense" previous week, using ice together.

Lawyer Rohan Lawrence said while Noonan's offending was serious and had exposed the public to risk, it was not directed at the public.

But County Court Judge Gerard Mullaly cautioned him against being too nuanced, pointing out that police are also members of the public.

"To shoot a police car - that reveals a capacity to turn to serious crime very quickly, which is worrying," he said in a pre-sentence hearing on Tuesday.

Noonan was wanted in June when Papa was jailed for five years over the offending, which was for him the latest in a history of criminal offending.

His latest stint behind bars is his third in six years.

A warrant was issued for Noonan and he was arrested later in June. He is currently in custody.

Judge Mullaly will hand down sentence on September 9.

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