CCTV footage has captured the moment a hooded gunman fired two shots through an elderly couple’s home in Sheffield, missing them by inches, in a case of mistaken identity.
The video shows a man with his hood up, waving a torch as he stepped over a chain fence on the drive at around 3am on Wednesday.
The assailant then raises the gun, firing off two shots before turning and jumping over the fence and running off.
Janet Tuckett, 65, was watching television in the early hours of the morning when the bullets came raining through her living room window in Sheffield’s Southey Green.
One of the bullets burst through the back of a nearby chair, missing her by inches.
She said: “I heard two loud bangs and a pot of flowers shattered on the windowsill.
“If I had been sitting in the chair it would have gone straight through my back and I would have been dead. I feel terrified in my own home.”
Her husband James, 68, came rushing downstairs after hearing the bangs.
He said: “There was glass everywhere and all of the fluff from the cushions had blown up.
“When we realised someone had shot at us we were gobsmacked.
“It has made us really fearful.”
The couple said police told them it might have been a case of mistaken identity as part of an organised hit between rivals who targeted the wrong house.
Officers are linking the shooting to another incident on January 24, where a gun was fired at another house.
Mr Tuckett, a retired hospital admin worker, said: “We have lived here for 30 years and have never had any problems.
“It must have been a case of mistaken identity.
“You just want to live a quiet life and never expect anything like this to happen. I’m in shock. I can’t get over what has happened. It’s really shaken me up.”
A police car has been parked outside the couple’s home since the attack on.
Detective Inspector John Yoxall from South Yorkshire Police said: “Thankfully, the two people inside the house were not injured during this incident.
“Enquiries are now under way to identify those responsible, and we believe the offenders were attempting to target a particular address.
“We are also exploring the possibility that this incident could be linked to other recent firearms-related incidents in Sheffield.”