Monday 23 October 2017

Young family believe shots fired at house was case of 'mistaken identity'

Bullet holes in the door of the family home in Finglas
Bullet holes in the door of the family home in Finglas
Bullet holes in the door of the family home in Finglas
The scene of the shooting in Finglas

A YOUNG family was left terrorised after shots were fired at the front door of their Dublin home.

Gardai have launched an investigation into the incident - which happened at a property in Glenties Drive, Finglas at 10:15pm.

A couple and four children were inside the property  when a gunman armed with a shotgun opened fire.

He blasted the front door of the house before fleeing the estate on a waiting high powered motorcycle.

"If those shots were fired minutes earlier, one or more of the children would have been killed, " the male occupant of the house told the Herald today.

" I have no idea for the life of me why they chose our house. We are up the wall with all this. Thank god those kids were upstairs when he (the gunman) came up to the door. We are very shaken and trying to get through this," he added.

It's believed that two men pulled up outside the property at 10:15 last night.

One of the men walked to within a couple of feet of the door and discharged three rounds of shotgun cartridges.

Three girls, aged 14, 13 and 10, had gone up to bed just minutes earlier. The couple were downstairs watching a film when the gunman came up to the front door and opened fire.

There were three large bullet holes visible this morning - two in the door and one in the side panel. One of the bullets hit the banisters of the stairs.

The gunman then fled the scene on the motorcycle which was driven through a pedestrian walkway onto the busy Cardiffsbridge Road.

Nobody was injured but the family living at the address have been shaken.

One of the occupants of the house, who requested not to be named, said the family believe they were targeted in a case of "mistaken identity".

"If those shots were fired minutes earlier, one or more of the children would have been killed, " the occupant told the Herald.

Gardai are linking the incident to a high powered motorcycle which was reported in the area of Glenties Drive last night. It was later discovered a short distance away.

Blue shotgun cartridges were found at the location by investigators this morning.

Sources say investigations are at an "early stage" and that the occupants of the house are cooperating fully with investigating officers.

Gardai carried out a forensic analysis of the house and left the scene shortly before 10am today.

By Niall O'Connor

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