Police are searching for a group of men who are believed to have shot out the windows of a flat in County Durham.
Officers were called to the unoccupied property on Church Street, Shildon, in the early hours of Wednesday.
A group of men wearing balaclavas were reported to have tried to force entry into the flat using the gun.
The men fled the scene in a four wheel drive vehicle before officers arrived. It has been described by Durham Police as an "isolated" incident.