THE young Dublin couple who were shot at while making a fast-food delivery in the city have told how they were lucky to escape with their lives.
After driving into the Basin Street flats in Inchicore just after midnight on Wednesday, the couple saw three men break away from a larger group and run towards them, before pointing guns at them.
Fearing their car was going to be stolen, the man (23) put the car into reverse and started to turn it so he could get away.
But their shock turned to terror when they saw the men raise their hands and point guns at them.
"I was just trying to get the car from reverse into first, and the engine started to die, and then I just heard bam, bam, bam, bam as they started to shoot," he told the Herald.
The man's girlfriend (18) was in the passenger seat.
"I told my girlfriend to duck, and I crouched down with my head against the driver's window as I turned the car," the terrified man said.
He then managed to floor the accelerator before the car cut out and sped from the scene as fast as he could.
"We couldn't believe what was after happening. And we drove back to the fast-food restaurant to tell the manager," said the driver.
"My girlfriend was still in the car as I ran in to tell the manager to tell him to call the guards, and when I came out I saw the bullet hole in the passenger door," he said.
"I just told my girlfriend to get out of the car, she was hysterical, and screaming," he added.
Luckily for the young couple the bullet had gone through the metal skin of the door, but did not penetrate into the car itself.
"If it had come through it would have hit me in the side. I could have been killed," the teenager told the Herald.
"We were that far away from the gang that there was no way they could have known who was in the car, but they still shot at us anyway. I still can't believe how lucky we are that we weren't hit," she added.
It was only the man's second night on the delivery job in take-away restaurant in Inchicore to earn a bit of money for Christmas, and what should have been a €7.50 delivery of a kebab and a can of diet Coke turned into a nightmare.
Gardai believe that the innocent couple were targeted in a case of mistaken identity after a car similar in colour to their silver VW was seen near the Basin Street flats following an earlier incident.
"The guards have told us it was mistaken identity, but we've had to go to the doctors and everything since. We haven't slept since and will be getting counselling," said the man.
The couple are still in fear after their experience, and did not want to be identified.
"I won't be going back to delivery work. And I don't ever want to drive that car again," the man said.
"We're just going to take it easy for a few days now, but every time we hear a Halloween banger we jump," he added.