MASKED gunmen who fired two shots at a terrified driver when he stopped to fix a punctured tyre were being hunted by detectives last night.
Shattered Robert McNally, 29, had pulled over in a Paisley street to check his tyre when he was targeted by the evil trio.
First, the window of his black Vauxhall Corsa was smashed with a baseball bat.
And just seconds later, as he jumped back into his car, he heard the sound of a gun being fired two or three times – with the noise echoing through Glenburn.
This is the third shooting in the town in weeks and yesterday police refused to rule out a possible link between them.
Mr McNally’s frightening ordeal began around 9.30pm on Monday when the trio – all wearing ski masks and hooded tops – pounced.
He was driving along the town’s Nethercraigs Road when he pulled over with a punctured tyre.
Moments later, a Renault Laguna estate car drove alongside and a man in the front passenger seat got out brandishing what is thought to have been a baseball bat.
Mr McNally jumped back into his car but before he could speed off the man smashed the driver’s window, missing him by inches.
As the panicking victim tried to drive off, the rear passenger in the Laguna opened a window and pointed what looked like a gun in his direction.
He got his car started and, as he was driving off, heard, what he believes, were gunshots.
Mr McNally, who was uninjured, drove to Paisley Police HQ and told cops what had happened.
Police revealed there were three thugs all wearing ski masks and hooded tops.
They are described as having a mixture of Glasgow, Liverpool and Manchester accents.
When police arrived at the scene, right, a long stretch of Nethercraigs Road was taped off and a major inquiry launched.
A team of officers searched the road for shell casings and forensic experts were called in the hunt for clues.
Later Detective Sergeant James Connolly said: “It is vital we trace any witnesses to this incident.
“This is a residential street and I appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything on Monday night around the time of the incident to get in touch.
“I also appeal to anyone who has seen or has any information on a Renault Laguna estate with a registration starting LS07 to get in touch as soon as possible.”
Ring Paisley Police Office on 0141 532 1008 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The first recent shooting in the town happened at Dee Drive, Foxbar. Four shots were fired at a window of a house as children played yards away. No one was injured.
Days later a hooded gunman fired shots through the window of a house in Westpark Drive, Ferguslie Park.
A man inside was slightly injured.
There have been no arrests following these incidents.