Drive-by shooting property ‘targeted weeks before’

Gunshot damage to the window of the house in Fernieside Avenue. Picture: Scott Louden
Gunshot damage to the window of the house in Fernieside Avenue. Picture: Scott Louden
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Police investigating a drive-by shooting on a family home in the Capital have revealed they are looking to trace a dark-coloured Seat Leon car.

The home in Fernieside Avenue was sprayed with bullets in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Witnesses told how a black car drew up next to the two-storey property in Moredun at 12.50am on Tuesday and blasted the house up to four times with what is thought to have been a shotgun.

Police today said they were looking for a “dark coloured” car and urged anyone with ionformation to come forward.

Detective Inspector Alan O’Brien said: “We believe a dark-coloured Seat Leon may have been in the area at the time of the incident, and anyone who was in this car, or saw it or a similar vehicle, is asked to come forward.

“Anyone who has any information about this car or its occupants is asked to contact Police Scotland.”

It is believed a young father of a one-year-old baby girl lives in the house on Fernieside Avenue with his mother and step-father.

No-one was in the property at the time of the shooting in which up to four shots were fired at the living room, smashing a double-glazed window and leaving the frame peppered with holes.

It came as neighbours claimed the home had been targeted weeks before by someone trying to kick down the door.

Residents said there had been “trouble at the door” several weeks ago.

One neighbour, who declined to be named, said: “Someone tried to kick in the door up there – it was a woman, shouting and screaming.”

Emergency services – including two armed response vehicles, three police cars and a police van – scrambled to the scene of the shooting as neighbours poured on to the street following the commotion.

Shocked neighbours said they were woken from their beds by the gunshots that sounded like exploding fireworks.

Pensioner Veronica McGurt, 71, who has lived on the street for five decades, said she was so frightened by the deafening noise that she hid inside her house rather than joining neighbours outside.

She said: “All I heard was three shots and a car going up the street. It was really loud – at first I thought it was a firework but it was just too loud.

“Then, I heard a car horn and then the next thing everybody was out in the street.

Neighbour Kay Hogg, 51, said: “I was up at the window and saw a black car speeding up the road. This black car fired a number of shots into the living room window.”

The car then sped away from the crime scene at high speed.

Detective Inspector O’Brien added: “I’m especially keen to hear from anyone with any information about a vehicle being driven erratically or revved in the area around that time.”

The shooting comes just weeks after a 22-year-old man was charged with attempted murder following shots being fired at a house in Dalkeith.

Police dealt with 79 firearm offences in Lothian and Borders during 2012-13.

alistair.grant@edinburghnews.com