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Sunday 19 November 2017

Guardian angel saved us, say innocent pair shot at by drug dealer

Allison Bray

Allison Bray

AN innocent young couple who were shot at by drug dealers as they were making a takeaway delivery credit a guardian angel with saving their lives.

The Dublin couple miraculously walked away unscathed after a member of a suspected drugs gang fired four shots through the side door of their car in what gardai believe was a case of mistaken identity.

Speaking exclusively to the Irish Independent last night, the 23-year-old driver, who did not want to be identified, said he and his 18-year-old girlfriend were still having flashbacks from their terrifying ordeal late on Tuesday night.

It unfolded when he agreed to help out a friend who works at the Jamaal 5 in 1 takeaway in Inchicore, south Dublin, and do takeaway deliveries for the night.

It was his second time doing so -- to earn some extra cash for Christmas -- and would be his last, he said.

He drove his older model Silver Volkswagen Bora to the Basin Street flats in Dublin's south inner city to deliver an order -- a Coke and a kebab worth €7.50 -- to a local resident when he noticed "three fellas just standing there".

"We just thought they were drunks or something so we locked the doors," he said.

He continued looking for the delivery address when the gang suddenly "came out of nowhere" and surrounded the car.

One of the gang members lifted up his arm and started firing shots into the passenger's side door.

But thanks to a piece of plastic on the inside of the door, the shots didn't penetrate inside the car.

"There was a guardian angel there," the girlfriend said.

The driver then reversed the car and sped away before the shooter got a second chance.

"My only thought was to get the hell out of there," he said.

The couple managed to escape and went straight to gardai who said they were lucky to be alive.

The car is now impounded at the garda station but the driver said he had no intention of ever driving it again even though he just recently bought it.

Gardai believe he was targeted because a similar silver car driven by a rival drugs gang member was spotted in the area earlier that evening.

"How the bullet didn't go through we'll never know but I'll never drive that car again," he said.

"I was only trying to do a friend a favour. At first I thought that we were going to get robbed but we never thought we would get shot," he said.

The girlfriend said she was left speechless by the ordeal, and she and her boyfriend were prescribed anti-anxiety medication to help them cope with the trauma.

"It's mad. You keep thinking that we could be dead right now," he added.

Meanwhile, gardai last night said they were still looking for the culprits and no arrests had been made.

Irish Independent

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