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It was a real gun, says boy (7) who saw parents hurt

Conor Feehan

Published 10/12/2013|23:33

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Monday 09 December 2013. Thomas Power and Leanna Daly, 43 Cluain Darach, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Scene of shooting.
Thomas Power and Leanna Daly at their home in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A YOUNG child has told his grandad how he saw his parents being shot. "Grandad, it was a real gun," the seven-year-old boy said.

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The child witnessed both his parents being shot in the garden of their home in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Monday 09 December 2013. Thomas Power and Leanna Daly, 43 Cluain Darach, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. Scene of shooting.
Thomas Power and Leanna Daly at their home in Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Thomas Power (32) and Leanna Daly, in her 20s, were both hit when a gunman who had jumped from a car blasted the front of their home indiscriminately on Sunday.

Both are believed to have survived because the 9mm handgun jammed as it was put to Mr Power's head.

The gunman -- who hid his face with a scarf -- was caught on CCTV at the home.

The couple yesterday returned to the Cluain Darach house. They walked around it in stunned silence as they assessed the damage. Their house still has the bullet holes from a separate attack in August.

With her arm in a sling and medical dressings visible on her shoulder, Ms Daly told the Irish Independent she was "still in shock".

"My son was standing just there when it happened," Mr Power said as he pointed to the shattered glass beside the front door. "I fear it will happen again."

The couple's son, Thomas Jnr, was not hit but was said to be traumatised after seeing his parents hit.

The incident happened at 7.15pm and gardai are treating it as attempted murder.

Ms Daly's father, John Daly, claimed that over 40 shots have been fired at the house in seven separate incidents in the past three years and bullets had lodged in the children's bedroom ceiling.

Mr Daly said that when he spoke with his grandson "he just turned around and said 'Jeez grandad, it was a real gun'".

When the weapon jammed, Mr Power ran at the gunman and a struggle ensued while the man continued to pull the trigger.

Mr Power said he was "shook up" but didn't want to comment while the garda investigation was ongoing.

TERRIBLE

"All the children were in at the time, and the young lad was at the door. It's just terrible," said Ms Daly.

The couple have three children: Thomas Jnr (7), Amber (6) and Kaylagh (2).

Meanwhile, an investigation is under way after a pellet gun attack on a mother and her daughter at a fast-food outlet.

Shots were fired at the chip van near Newmills, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, gardai said. The woman and her teenage daughter were inside the vehicle when a car drove up and shots were fired.

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