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Family's horror after car is shot up by gunman with automatic weapon

Shooting: Gardai said their investigations are ongoing
Shooting: Gardai said their investigations are ongoing

An innocent family have been frightened after a seemingly random gun attack targeted their car at the weekend.

Gardai in Finglas are investigating the gun attack, which occurred on Sunday evening at approximately 8:30pm. 

"A number of shots were discharged at a vehicle outside a house on Farnham Drive", a Garda spokesperson said. 

The gunman, who was a passenger on a high-power motorbike, discharged the shots at the vehicle and fled. It is believed a machine gun was used in the attack. 

The 50-year-old owner of the targeted car has no involvement in crime and neither he or his family are known to gardai, the spokesperson said.

The car was extensively damaged, and it is understood the family have temporarily left their home.  

"No one was injured in the incident and no arrests have been made," Gardai added. 

A neighbour told the Herald she heard the gunshots and saw a motorbike speeding up the road. 

"It must be a case of mistaken identity, the family are lovely, well-educated people," she said.

"They're quiet and keep to themselves so I can't imagine any reason why someone would do this, other then that they got the wrong house."

Gardai said the gun used in the attack adds to the seriousness of the crime and they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting. 

"Investigations are ongoing," they added. 

Machine gun attacks in Ireland are relatively uncommon but their widespread availability is apparent. 

Gardai recently seized a cache of automatic weapons in Dublin last February.

Among the seizure were a Steyr AUG machine gun, like the one used by the Irish Defence Forces, two Heckler & Koch MP-5 sub machine guns, a Beretta 9mm and a SIG Sauer P220.