Children were at home when a gunman opened fire on a house in a “targeted attack” on Friday night.
The young kids were inside the property on Burdiehouse Drive, Edinburgh, with a man and a woman when gunshots were fired “indiscriminately”.
Children were also playing in nearby gardens and people were on the street at the time of the attack which saw bullets ricochet off a wall of the home and into the garden.
The shots were fired at around 8.40pm on Friday, smashing a window in the property but leaving those inside unharmed.
Investigators appealed for witnesses to come forward but said some may be “reluctant” to do so.
Officers combed the scene and also viewed CCTV in their enquiries. They believe a small black hatchback car was in the area at the time, driving off towards Southhouse Broadway.
Police have asked anyone with private CCTV, doorbell camera footage or those who were driving in the area between 8.30pm and 8.50pm to get in touch.
Local community inspector Kieran Dougal said: “We recognise and understand the impact this incident will have had on the residents of Burdiehouse. Thankfully firearm incidents like this are rare in Edinburgh and I would stress that the city remains a safe place to live, work and visit.”
Police officers remain at the scene along with an incident caravan on Burdiehouse Drive.
Detective inspector Bob Campbell, Gayfield CID, said: “Whilst this may be a targeted attack, the fact is that a number of shots were fired indiscriminately at the house with some ricocheting off the wall and into the garden.
“Children were playing in gardens nearby and there were people in the street at the time.
“Thankfully no one was injured but the gunman obviously has no regard for anyone in the area, including children, some of whom were really terrified by what happened.
“It is imperative that we find those responsible and for that we need the help of the local community.
“I know that people may be reluctant to come forward and so I would encourage the use of Crimestoppers where information can be given anonymously.
“Officers have been in the area since the attack checking CCTV and speaking to local residents.
“From our enquiries so far we believe that there was a small black hatchback car in the area at the time and it was seen to drive off towards Southhouse Broadway.
“I am keen to hear from anyone who has private CCTV or doorbell camera footage, or from motorists driving on Burdiehouse Drive or the surrounding roads between 8.30 pm and 8.50 pm. Their footage could prove very useful to our enquiry.
“High visibility officers remain at the scene. We have an incident caravan on Burdiehouse Drive where people can speak to officers with regard to any concerns or provide information. Officers will also be in the local community centre offering support.”
Information can be passed to police via 101 quoting reference number 3555 of Friday, August 20, 2021 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.