Homeowner fires shots at car in area hit by burglaries
A homeowner has opened fire on suspected criminals in an area ravaged by burglaries.
Gardai have confirmed that they are investigating an incident in which shots were fired at a suspicious car in Co Donegal in the early hours of yesterday.
The incident happened near the village of Carrigans, not far from the area where six pensioners were terrorised and robbed in recent weeks.
The man who opened fire told gardai that he fired the shots after he ran outside his home with a legally held shotgun at 1am after hearing suspicious noises.
The homeowner believes that one shot struck a car, which sped away from his home on Station Road.
It is unclear if anyone was injured in the shooting.
A garda spokesman said they were investigating the incident, but that the investigation was at its early stages.
"We have reports of a man hearing sounds outside his house but when he went outside he saw nothing," said the spokesman.
"He heard the sounds again and went outside and released a number of shots. There are reports that a car was hit but there are no reports of any injuries.
"There are no reports of a burglary or a break-in and we cannot say any more at this stage," said the spokesman.
The area concerned has been the scene of a large number of break-ins in the course of recent weeks.
The local community recently held a meeting, which was attended by more than 1,500 people.
A €10,000 bounty was offered for information leading to the arrest of a criminal gang, which has been terrorising elderly people in their own homes.
Members of the community have formed teams to check on elderly people living in the area, going on patrol at night to reassure them.
They didn't wish to comment on the shooting, but said another meeting of people from the area would take place in Manorcunningham next Wednesday.