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Family escape after gunshots fired into Limerick home

A FAMILY have escaped without injury after gunshots were fired into their home.

The shooting incident happened in the Limerick city suburb of Moyross around midnight.

There were several people – including teenagers - inside the house in Cosgrave Park at the time, but none were injured.

A number of gunshots were fired at the home and the front door and an upstairs window were hit.

Gardai are continuing to investigate the incident and are attempting to establish a motive to the gun attack.

There has been at least two other shooting incidents in Moyross earlier this year which are suspected to be connected to last year’s murder of Robert Sheehan.

On September 2 last, Sheehan from Moyross, Limerick was shot five times in the head as he smoked a cigarette outside the Bunratty Castle hotel while attending the wedding celebrations of his brother.

Investigating officers in Clare believe that Sheehan was targeted after he stabbed a well known criminal in Moyross last July.

Gun crime in Limerick has decreased significantly over the last five years.

There were seven shooting incidents last year which is a 50pc reduction on the 14 committed in 2011.

In 2010, there were 20 illegal discharges of firearms with 30 in 2009 and 44 in 2008.

In 2007, Limerick accounted for almost a third of the national figure (325) of illegal discharge of firearms offences with 103 shooting incidents.

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