'At first I thought there had been a car crash'
Published 12/03/2011 | 05:00
IT was 8.30am when screams shattered the morning silence of a quiet south Dublin estate.
Looking out the window, 53-year-old Mal Numann was stunned to see a teenage boy cradle his father in his arms. Both were bleeding.
Mr Numann, who has lived in Grianan Fidh, Aikens Village, Sandyford, for only a few months, struggled to take it in.
"At first I thought there had been a car crash," he told the Irish Independent.
Then he realised he recognised the injured pair -- Virgis Aleksiunas (38) and his 17-year-old son -- were his next-door neighbours. The Lithuanian family have been living there for about five years.
Only then did he realise they had been shot.
Mr Numann rushed out on to the street, bringing blankets to comfort the wounded men and to try and keep out the cold.
"The father was in the young man's arms, he was tying to keep him alert. I could see there was blood coming out of the father's mouth," Mr Numann said.
"Everybody was hysterical. I asked if an ambulance had been called and someone said it had."
Mr Numann noticed five or six bullet holes in the family's 1998 Mercedes and an empty bullet shell on the passenger seat.
He saw that the boy -- known to his friends as 'Alex' -- had been hit in the wrist, apparently trying to defend his father from the hail of bullets that wounded his face, arms and chest.