AN INNOCENT woman and her two young daughters have fled their home after a shotgun blast was fired through the front door.
The mum and her girls, aged just four and eight, were in their home at Kenmore Heights in Greystones, Co Wicklow, when the shot was fired from the street corner, hitting the front door and wall of the house.
The pane of glass in the door was shattered in the shooting at around 1.30am yesterday.
Gardai are investigating if the attack was carried out to target a man who lives in a nearby street.
The man believed to be the intended target has previously been charged with theft and public order offences including shouting at gardai. Neighbours reported hearing a loud bang. The target is now believed to have fled to Dublin to stay with relatives.
The chief suspect for the attack is linked to a notorious local thug who is facing drug dealing and robbery charges.
This man has been a target for the gardai's Organised Crime Unit and is understood to be under "major pressure" from a ruthless drugs gang.
The shooting is not linked to a pipe bomb incident in nearby Newtownmountkennedy in which five-year-old PJ Duffy suffered horrific injuries.
Gardai have not made any arrests in either investigation but sources say both probes are at an "advanced stage".
Little PJ lost three fingers on one hand after the blast, sustained wounds to one eye and other parts of his face and injuries to his body and legs.
Local gardai are being backed up by detectives from the Special Branch and the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation as they try to establish a motive for the attack.