A BANK worker was shot at five times after he answered the door to his south Dublin home.
The victim -- named locally as Keith Deegan (32) -- is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the legs with a handgun.
Mr Deegan -- who has no criminal links -- was shot when a gunman called to his home at Corbally Green in Tallaght at around 10.30pm last night.
The victim's 10-year-old son and partner were in the house at the time but were not injured in the incident.
It is believed the gunman called to the house and began banging aggressively on the door.
Mr Deegan went outside and was confronted by the masked man who shot wildly at him with a handgun.
A number of bullet casings could be seen in the driveway today as gardai began a major investigation.
Locals said they heard banging on the door of the house at around 10.30pm and then three sounds “like firecrackers”.
“They were cracks more than bangs. We didn't know what had happened to be honest and then we saw the blue lights coming,” said one man.
“One young lad said he saw a man stand at the front gate of the house, fire the shots, and then run down to a waiting car which drove away,” he added.
Gardai discovered a burnt out Volvo car in nearby Carrigmore Estate in Saggart. It was extensively damaged and detectives believe that this vehicle was used as the getaway car.
The only description gardai have of the would-be assassin is that he was masked and is male.
Officers have not yet established a motive for the brutal attack and have been left baffled because Mr Deegan has no links to criminal gangs.
Gardai sealed off the scene pending a forensic examination by members of the Garda technical bureau.
Two bullet holes could be seen in PVC of the front door, one near waist height and the other at chest height.
Three bullet casings were covered by household drinking glasses in the driveway and on the street outside the front gates of the semi-detached house in the quiet estate.
Early indications were that the shots were fired from a distance directly at the front door with no regard for life.
After the shooting, Mr Deegan was rushed to Tallaght Hospital where he remains today.
It is understood that he is being treated for three separate wounds and his injuries are not life-threatening.
The Herald understands that Mr Deegan, who is originally from the Rathfarnham area, works for Bank of Ireland but has been on sick leave for a number of months. It is believed he has lived at Corbally Green for the past five years.