A MAN of 74 had a gun fired at his chest in a terrifying robbery.
It fired a blank cartridge, but police today condemned the gang who carried out the raid.
They also praised the plucky pensioner, who fought off the three thugs who attacked him in his own Crosland Moor home.
They fled empty-handed.
Police are looking at links with another terrifying robbery in Crosland Moor.
A shot was fired as a taxi driver was savagely beaten by masked robbers brandishing an iron bar on February 11.
On that occasion, the gun was again believed to be firing blank cartridges.
The 46-year-old driver had been called to pick up a fare at Hawthorne Terrace.
He was then attacked by a gang of four African-Caribbean men aged 18 to 20. Two had their faces covered.
The latest incident came on Wednesday evening in Boothroyd Drive.
The 74-year-old victim - who lives alone - had the handgun pointed at his chest during the raid at about 8.20pm.
Detective Sergeant Derek Hey, of Huddersfield CID, said the three men burst into the man's home and confronted him in the hallway.
One brandished a small black handgun and as they demanded cash the gun went off, but fired a blank.
Det Sgt Hey said the man had been very brave and had bundled the gang out of the door.
He added: "This was an extremely serious incident and I would appeal for anyone with information to come forward.
"We have recovered a blank cartridge from the scene but it is an extremely terrifying and worrying case.
"It is frightening to think of anyone being confronted by a gun."
The man with the gun was a light-skinned African-Caribbean aged 18 to 20 and 5ft 6in to 5ft 7in tall.
The other two were white and slim and of a similar age.
One was 5ft 6in to 5ft 7in tall and the second was slightly taller.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Sally Carter, of the Robbery Team, on 01484 436745.
Both incidents are just the latest in a terrifying catalogue of gun crime in Huddersfield.
A number of shootings have taken place over the past 12 months.
A special report by the Examiner in January voiced fears that up to 100 weapons could be circulating among gangs in the town.