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Gardai hunting gunman who blasted home as kids slept inside

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

Gardai are hunting for a gunman who blasted a house with a shotgun while an innocent businessman and his children were asleep inside.

Gunshots shattered glass in the front door of the house in Drogheda, Co Louth shortly before 4am yesterday.

The man, his partner and their two children were asleep in the detached home in the Lagavooren Manor estate when the attack happened.

A neighbour saw a man running away from the scene.

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

"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 the house targeted in the attack was owned by "a very respectable family" who had lived in the cul-de-sac for more than 15 years.

The incident had caused a great deal of shock and surprise, she added.

"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: "They're very respectable. He's very hard-working and employed people in his business.

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

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

Gardai in Drogheda said that damage, consistent with a shooting, was observed on the front door of the home.

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

Gardai are asking anyone who may be able to provide any information or who witnessed the incident to contact them on 041 9874200.

Alan O'Keeffe