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Garda probe launched as shots fired at home while family slept inside

The shattered front door of the home
The shattered front door of the home

A community condemned a gun attack on the home of an innocent businessman and his family early today.

Shotgun blasts shattered glass in the front door of a home of the businessman in Drogheda shortly before 4am.

A couple and their two children were asleep in their detached home in the Lagavooren Manor estate when the attack happened.

A neighbour saw a man running away for the scene of the shooting.

Another neighbour, a 42-year-old woman, said today "Two loud bangs woke me up. Myself and my husband both sat up in the bed when we heard the bangs.

"They were so loud. We asked each other what it was. Our dog was barking his head off."

She said "About five minutes later, we heard a screech of tyres as if someone was speeding away. I jumped out of bed and looked out the window but I didn't see anything."

"The gardai then began to arrive outside. But there was no ambulance so it was a relief no one was hurt," she said.

She said the house targeted in the gun attack was owned by a very respectable family that lived in the cul de sac for more than 15 years.  There had never been any trouble and the incident caused shock and surprise, she said.

"They're a quiet family who keep themselves to themselves. Their children play with the local children,"she said.

A woman who lives near the family said: "The family are very respectable. He is very hard-working and employed people in his business.

"I heard two shots. I knew it was gunfire.  The dogs were going crazy. I got up straight away," she said.

She said the owner of the house got into his van after the attack and drove off quickly and then returned.

"The gardai came quickly and I spoke to a young guard about what I heard," she said.

"The family are very highly respected. It's shocking," she said.

A mother-of-two said "I woke up and I could hear talking outside but I didn't realise what had happened.  Then I saw three garda cars outside the house this morning."

She said she was "deeply concerned" that guns were fired in a housing estate where so many children live.

Forensic investigators examined the scene today. The family did not at home this morning.  Gardai carried out house to house inquiries.

Gardaí said damage, consistent with a shooting, was observed on the front door of the home.

Nobody was injured in the attack and gardaí say they have no description of the attacker.

The scene has been preserved for technical examination.

Gardai in Drogheda are seeking anyone who may be able to offer any further information or witnessed this incident to contact them on 041 9874200, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.