Wednesday 13 December 2017

Two shots are fired at Wexford house

David Tucker

DETECTIVES are trawling for clues through CCTV images after two shots were fired at close range at a house in Upper George's Street in Wexford early on Monday morning.

A man and woman, both said to be in their fifties, escaped unhurt during the incident involving a shotgun.

Gardaí said it is believed the gunman had been after the woman's son who lives with her there, however, he was not in the house at the time of shooting.

Gardai said that he pattern of the shots and the fact that the gunman did not enter the house suggested they had been fired as a warning.

One of the shots was fired through the front door of No. 4 Upper George's Street, while the second, penetrated the front window.

Gardai said a car was used by the gunman to flee the scene, but it's not clear if a car later found burned out at the Cross of Scar, Rathangan, near Cleariestown, was the same vehicle.

The car is being forensically examined.

Garda forensic teams examined both the shooting scene and the car at the two scenes following the attack which took place around 1 a.m.

Part of Upper George's Street and house were sealed off on Monday morning, with a hole in the wooden front door, which had been peppered with pellets, and with a second hole in the front window and the inside net curtains. A light was on at the house, but no one was answering the door after the garda scenes oc crime tape was removed later in the day.

Gardai were on Monday asking the owners of local premises for any CCTV images which could play a vital role in the investigation.

Anyone able to help the gardai with their inquiries should call 053 9165200.

Local people were shocked at news of the shooting.

Sinead Murphy, who lives in nearby Abbey Street, said she heard the shots, but didn't realise what they were.

'I heard two bangs and a car racing away at about 1 a.m., but I thought it was just someone banging a door,' she said, 'I wasn't scared at the time because I didn't know what was going on'.

A woman out walking her dog, who lives near the scene of the shooting, said she had slept through the incident.

'It's terrible to think this can happen on your doorstep,' she said.

Gorey Guardian

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