A COUPLE survived a terrifying ordeal when a sniper shot out their car window as it approached traffic lights at a busy road junction.
A pellet, believed to have been fired from an airgun, narrowly missed the 59-year-old driver and his wife, from Frosterley, Weardale, as they approached the lights at Neville’s Cross, Durham.
Investigators believe the culprit was either hiding down an alleyway or had fired from nearby houses.
Police made house-to-house calls in a bid to find out who was responsible, but their inquiries have so far drawn a blank.
PC Lynsey Hope, of Durham Police, said: “We hope those living in the area or perhaps the occupants of a passing car can help with information that will lead us to the culprit.
“Our investigation suggests it was a pellet fired from an airgun that shattered the window.
“We believe the car was selected at random as it was passing by.
“The person responsible could have been firing from a position inside one of the nearby terraced houses or could have been in a side alley.
“It was a highly dangerous thing to do and it was more by good luck than anything else that the occupants of the car were unhurt. It could so easily have ended in serious injury.”
PC Hope said the woman passenger was left “extremely shocked” by her experience.
The couple’s car, a silver Honda Jazz, was travelling east towards Durham City along the A6889 from the direction of Crook. The car was about 50 yards from the traffic lights when the shots were fired.
PC Hope added: “As it reached the point where the single carriageway splits into two the window in the front door on the nearside of the car was hit almost dead centre and shattered.”
The sniper struck last Monday, July 16, between 12.20 and 12.40pm.
Anyone with information is asked to ring the police single non-emergency number on 0845 6060365 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.