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The front Window of a House on Walkinstown Drive  which was shot in an overnight Incident. Kyran O'Brien

The front Window of a House on Walkinstown Drive which was shot in an overnight Incident. Kyran O'Brien

The front Window of a House on Walkinstown Drive which was shot in an overnight Incident. Kyran O'Brien

A grandmother has miraculously escaped injury after two shotgun blasts whizzed over her head at her home in Drimnagh last night.

Gardai are investigating after a double gun attack on two separate houses in Dublin left one man with shotgun wounds and others lucky to escape injury.

The terrifying attacks happened within five minutes of each other and it is believed the same silver car was involved in both shootings.

The first incident happened on Lissadel Road in Drimnagh when a gunman fired a shotgun at a house from the front garden at 11.10pm, smashing the front window.

A terrified grandmother in the house told

“I was just watching television and the blind was down and the curtains were closed, and the next thing I heard was a loud bang and the glass crashing in,” she told

“My granddaughter, who is going to be 16 this weekend, was sitting on the other couch with her boyfriend,” she added.

“The pellets came through the room and right over my head, and into the wall in front of me,” she explained.

“I can’t believe that anyone could do this. There were innocent people here in the house and anyone could have been standing in the room and been hit,” she said.

One of her sons said he was upstairs at the time the house was targeted.

“All I heard was a bang followed by wheel spin as the car drove up the road,” he said.

The woman in the house said she believed the attack was meant as a warning to one of her sons who was not home at the time.

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“Our windows were smashed two years ago as well. He’s going to have to sort this out because we can’t live like this,” she explained.

A silver car was seen speeding from the scene, and five minutes later a second house, this time on Walkinstown Drive, was attacked in an identical way. A single shotgun blast was fired through the front window by a man who is thought to have ran into the garden from a silver car.

A man in his 30s was injured when he was hit with shotgun pellets in the head.

He was taken to St James’s Hospital for treatment but later discharged.

It is not clear who the intended target of the attack was.

Gardai are investigating both shootings and are convinced they are connected and carried out by the same people.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau examined both scenes early today.

Large holes were visible in the windows as well as smaller holes from the individual pellets in the shotgun cartridges.

The fact that blinds were down meant the gunman could have no way of knowing if there was anyone standing within range or not.

cfeehan@herald.ie


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