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Botched hit bullet narrowly avoids Dublin pensioner in her home

Crime DeskBy Patrick O'Connell
The bullet hole in the pensioner's window
The bullet hole in the pensioner's window

A PENSIONER narrowly avoided serious injury or death when a bullet from a botched hit flew through the upstairs bedroom of her north Dublin city home.

Neighbours described hearing between three and four shots being fired on the street at St Berach’s Place in Kilbarrack at approximately 10.30pm on Friday.

Gardaí believe the shots were fired by a gunman on foot who was targeting a young couple walking past the elderly woman’s house.

A neighbour told the Sunday World that her elderly neighbour had only just walked out of the bedroom when a bullet came flying through the window.

“I heard three to four shots and at first I thought they had been fired around the back of the house,” she recalled.

“At first I looked out the back windows and when I didn’t see anything I just sat back down. But then I got a call a few minutes later to say it was all happening out the front.

“I looked out again and this time there was lots of gardaí outside and they had tape up everywhere. There is a husband and wife in their late 60s living in the house.

“By the time I came out they were in the front garden and they were in shock.

“She had only just walked out of the bedroom when the bullet came flying through the window.

“We heard afterwards that it was a young couple – only teenagers – who were walking along the path when this fella started shooting at them.

“It’s gone completely mad in this city. They could have killed either of them.”

In a statement Gardaí confirmed that they believe the young couple were the targets of the attack.

“Gardaí at Raheny are investigating a shooting incident which occurred at about 10.30pm last night,” the statement said.

“Three shots were discharged at a young couple while out walking on St Berach’s Place, Kilbarrack with the junction of Swans Nest Avenue. No persons were injured during this incident. 

“Damage was caused to a house nearby and the residents were at home at the time of the shooting.  

“Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information on the incident or who might have seen any activity in the area between 10.15pm and 10.45pm to contact Raheny Garda Station at 01-6664300, the Garda Confidential line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda station.”