Tuesday 21 May 2019

Grandmother and family 'lucky to be alive' after gun attack on home

A bullet hole in the front door of the house after the incident
A bullet hole in the front door of the house after the incident

Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

A GRANDMOTHER and three other people are lucky to be alive after four shots were fired into the front door of her home, gardai said yesterday.

Detectives believe that the gunman, who escaped on a bike, could have targeted the wrong house.

The attack happened at a house on Captain’s Road in Crumlin shortly after 10pm on Tuesday.


There were four people in the house at the time – the householder, who is a 68-year-old grandmother, a 13-year-old girl and two men aged 22 and 32.

Last night, a senior source told the Herald that gardai had not established a motive for the attack and are investigating whether it may have been a case of mistaken identity.

“The 68-year-old woman who lives in the house is a respectable lady and has no involvement in crime,” the source said.

“It is very lucky that no one was killed – if anyone in the house had been standing at the door, there could easily have been a fatality.”

The scene was cordoned off by gardai pending a forensic examination by members of the garda Technical Bureau.

The house remained sealed off yesterday morning and a garda was posted outside.

There were two visible holes in the door consistent with bullets having been fired from a handgun. One was near the centre of the PVC door at the chest level of an adult.

The second was in a glass section at the top of the door.

No description of the gunman was available yesterday, but sources said gardai believe that in “all probability” he is someone from the Crumlin area.


Detectives do not believe there is any link between Tuesday night’s gun attack and a firebomb attack on a house on Monday night in the nearby Rutland area of the Dublin 12 suburb.

In the earlier incident, a female pensioner aged in her 70s and in ill-health was asleep inside when a petrol bomb was thrown at the property.

“This lady was very lucky not to suffer serious injuries in that incident,” a senior source said.

Gardai are investigating whether the firebomb is linked to a serious attack in the midlands.


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