A lone gunman opened fire at staff in a Dublin bookmakers after they refused to hand over cash in a daylight raid.
The man burst into the Paddy Power bookmaker branch at Edenmore Shopping Centre on Dublin's northside at 3pm yesterday and ran to the counter.
Terrified staff dived for cover as the gunman wedged a black pistol under the glass partition where punters usually place bets.
He pointed the gun at the back of the shop but was unable to get staff to cooperate.
The gunman threatened the workers and then in a shocking move he fired two shots.
He then fled the premises empty-handed.
Nobody was injured in the shooting incident.
Gardai are studying good quality CCTV images from the branch and say the raider was only partially disguised.
While no arrests have yet been made, it is hoped the footage will be good enough to identify a shortlist of suspects.
A spokesperson for Paddy Power said it was company policy not to comment on robberies, but he confirmed that a raid had occurred at the Edenmore branch and that there were no injuries during the robbery.