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Sunday 18 February 2018

Terror as gunman shoots at 'wrong' home

Valerie Loftus and Tom Brady

A terrified woman and her one-year-old grandchild huddled in terror after two shots were fired into a house in central Dublin.

Investigating gardai said they believed the house had been singled out in error by the gunman, who made his escape in a car.

Nobody was injured in yesterday's shooting, which was carried out shortly after 11.30am at the house in St Mary's Road, East Wall, in the north inner city.

The gunman ran up to the house and fired two shots into the door before fleeing in a grey-coloured car.

The granny had been looking after the child while other members of the family were at work.

Two shells were later recovered from the scene by gardai and taken away for forensic examination.

A garda officer said last night that the occupants of the house were "very respectable" and had not come to their notice.

He said it was thought that the shooting was a case of mistaken identity.

A neighbour reported hearing two loud gunshots before seeing a car being driven away in the direction of the East Road.

Gardai at Store Street station last night appealed for anybody who witnessed the incident or saw a car being driven at high speed in the area between 11.30am and midday to contact them or phone the confidential line at 1800 666 111.

Irish Independent

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