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Coolock Garda Station

Coolock Garda Station

Coolock Garda Station

A 47-year-old woman had a miraculous escape when three shots were fired at her at point blank range by a gunman on a pushbike at her home.

Detectives are trying to establish a motive for the gun attack at the Belcamp Grove estate in the Priorswood area of north Dublin shortly before 7pm on Tuesday.

Last night, gardai confirmed that the shocking incident is being treated as attempted murder.

The incident unfolded when the man cycled up to the woman's house and asked her 15-year-old daughter to get her mother out.

When the woman came to the door, the crazed gunman fired three shots at her, but they all missed and the woman was uninjured.

The gunman then casually cycled away from the scene before gardai were notified and rushed to the scene from Coolock Station.

A major investigation is underway.

The woman did not wish to comment when the Herald called to her home yesterday ,however she is understood to be "deeply shocked".

This is the second time in less than four months that a gunman on a pushbike has opened fire in the Belcamp Grove estate.

On September 20 last, local man Stephen Somers (32) was in the front garden of his house in the estate when he was approached by a young hooded man on a bicycle.

The man opened fire with the weapon, causing Mr Somers serious injuries.

Unlike Tuesday night's gun attack, that shooting happened in broad daylight at 3.45pm and there were children playing in the area at the time.

It is understood that gardai are investigating whether the same gunman is responsible for both shootings.

As a result of Tuesday night's gun attack, there has been an increase in armed garda patrols in the Priorswood area but no arrests have yet been made.

The woman who was targeted is not known to gardai and has no involvement in crime.

The incident has caused major shock to her family and friends.

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