A man who fired a gun out his hotel room window said he was aiming for aliens.

Samuel Riddell, 55, opened fire at the car park and a neighbouring room at a Kentucky hotel on Saturday afternoon, the New York Post reported.

The previously convicted criminal was charged with four counts of wanton endangerment of a police officer, multiple counts of criminal mischief and possession of a handgun and firearm by a convicted felon.

In a press release local police stated: “Mr. Riddell told police that he observed aliens in the parking lot and was shooting at them.

“Detectives discovered Mr. Riddell was a convicted felon and was in possession of two handguns and a semi-automatic rifle.

"There were no injuries reported after the incident. Police later discovered several bullets had struck vehicles in the parking lot, and one had entered an adjacent occupied room."

The hotel on Keeneland Drive in Richmond, KY was left unnamed in the release.

A woman with Riddell sprinted into the bathroom at the sound of shots and secured herself till cops arrived.

One Facebook comment under the police post was a woman who claimed to be Riddell's niece.

To some people online mocking his incredible excuse, Kim Arvin noted he was going through an addiction.

Kim said: "Folks, be kind with what you say. Not to minimize the severity of the situation, but he’s somebody’s family.

"This is my uncle and he has a beautiful heart. He was clean for a long time and was going to church.

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"Addiction is a lifelong recovery and should be treated with more empathy.

"[My] initial knee-jerk reaction was snicker. Then I did a double take and realized it was Uncle Dave and my heart dropped.

"My heart is broken for him thinking of what could’ve possibly triggered this for him."

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