A 14-year-old boy has died following a shooting incident at his home in West Dublin.
Gardai last night recovered a licensed firearm which they believe was used in the shooting.
The boy's mother contacted the emergency services after she discovered her teenage son lying on the ground at their home at Woodford Terrace, Clondalkin, in west Dublin at 10.15pm.
An ambulance brought the boy to Tallaght hospital where his condition was initially described as critical. He passed away earlier today.
Gardai said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting but were not looking for anybody else in connection with the incident.
“At this early stage in our inquiries, we are treating this case as a tragic incident and do not believe there was any foul play”, a senior officer said last night.
Another garda source said: “This is an appalling tragedy and we're not looking for anyone else.”
The contents of a note were being examined by officers last night as the weapon was taken away for ballistic tests.
These will be conducted by experts at the technical bureau at garda headquarters in the Phoenix Park.
Officers also sealed off the area where the shooting took place, pending a full examination by technical officers this morning.
Neighbours in the area last night expressed shock at the news. One said: “I heard about it but I am not sure exactly what happened there.”
Woodford Terrace is part of a large housing estate located close to the M50 and the Naas Road.