A GUN attack on a house late on St Patrick's night was slated as "total madness".
Gardaí admitted it was a miracle no-one was injured after a group of armed and masked men fired shots through the front door of the house in Mahon on Cork's southside.
A major manhunt is now underway for the attackers who targeted the property shortly before midnight on Tuesday.
It is believed that at least three men were involved.
They approached the property and, without warning, fired multiple shots at the front door.
All gunmen then fled the scene on foot.
Incredibly, no-one was injured in the incident.
Gardaí said they are baffled by the motive for the attack and one theory being examined is that the property may have been mistaken for another house.
Another theory is that the attack may somehow be connected with an escalating local dispute.
A full examination of the scene by garda technical experts is now underway to determine the type of firearm involved and when any forensic evidence was left behind.
The search for the group is being led by uniformed gardaí from Blackrock Station supported by members of the Armed Support Unit and the Garda Dog Unit.
Gardaí have appealed for anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the Mahon area to contact them.
Officers are also hoping to speak to anyone who drove through the area between 10pm and 12 midnight on Tuesday and whose vehicle is equipped with a dash-cam.
Former Lord Mayor of Cork Chris O'Leary, said locals were absolutely appalled by the incident.
"This was total madness," he said.
"Everyone is in shock by this - particularly that it happened when the entire Cork community is facing up to the challenges of Covid-19 and the fact that it was St Patrick's Day.
"We are very fortunate that we are not talking about people being seriously injured or even killed."
Mr O'Leary urged public support for the garda investigation as he said locals were understandably worried by what happened.