A HAMMER-wielding man smashed the windows of a car in with a hammer in a vicious attack.
The assailant attacked the Peugeot as the four people in it approached a McDonalds drive-thru restaurant on Saturday night.
He smashed in its windows before making a getaway.
But the attacker left a vital clue as he left traces of his blood on the car, which police have already taken samples of.
The men had been in the Nut and Squirrel pub in Westcroft earlier in the evening, but left at 12.20am and headed for the McDonalds on the same estate.
Once there the man in a balaclava appeared from nowhere, smashing in the rear window before going round the car and smashing panels and other windows.
The man tried to smash the windscreen with four repeated shots but it didn’t smash.
As the driver got out of the car the man ran away towards the Next store and the victim called police immediately.
Within minutes an armed response team arrived at the restaurant and carried out an immediate search of the area
The mother of one of the victims, who lives in Tattenhoe but didn’t want to be named, said: “The attack happened in 30 seconds and as soon as my son called me I shot up their with my husband to see if he was OK.
“The police were fantastic, they were on the scene so quickly and took statements and have since been back to interview my son again.
“We hope it was just a random attack and that it won’t happen again.”
The car is a write off but as well as dents the car was left with blood spatters from the attacker which the police have already taken samples of as part of their investigation.
Both passengers in the back of the car suffered minor cuts to their leg and face respectively, but did not require hospital treatment.
The driver has been left shaken by the attack and has not returned to the restaurant since. However, when his mum went there she also felt the need to park out of sight.
She said: “I parked by the Next and walked over the road, I certainly didn’t want to go through the drive-thru.”
Thames Valley Police has confirmed they are investigating the incident as criminal damage and urge witnesses to call them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.