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Friday 21 July 2017

Businessman cheats death after being shot five times

Gardai examine bullet holes in a car at the scene of Thursday night's shooting in Clonsilla, Dublin
Gardai examine bullet holes in a car at the scene of Thursday night's shooting in Clonsilla, Dublin

Tom Brady and Shane Hickey

A businessman cheated death after being shot at least five times with a handgun.

Victim Sean Enright (30) was in a stable condition in hospital last night after undergoing surgery for his wounds.

He was singled out by a gunman, who pumped nine shots into Mr Enright's blue Golf car after he parked it outside the house he shared with his partner at Rusheeny Manor, Rusheeny Village, Clonsilla, in west Dublin.

Stumbled

He was hit in the chest, arm and leg as he attempted to get out of the car shortly after 9pm on Thursday.

As the gunman ran to a waiting car, driven by an accomplice, Mr Enright stumbled into the house while an ambulance was being called.

But he declined the offer of a stretcher and walked into the ambulance to take him to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Last night gardai were trying to establish a firm motive for the brutal shooting. But they suspect the gunman is linked to a gang heavily involved in extortion in the capital.

Some of the gang members are also thought to be connected to tiger kidnappings in the past couple of years.

The victim's fitness levels are also thought to have helped him cope with his injuries. Mr Enright, who is originally from the Carnlough area of Cabra, is a champion body builder and was also involved in establishing a gym in Finglas.

Gardai found a burnt-out car beside a green area in nearby Huntstown Avenue shortly after the shooting.

A resident said: "My daughter heard a loud bang and then the car was on fire. The amount of smoke billowing out of it was incredible".

The vehicle was taken away for forensic tests to determine if it had been used by the gunman and his accomplice in their getaway. The house was sealed off yesterday as garda forensic officers carried out a detailed examination.

Locals expressed shock at the shooting, which took place at the centre of a maze of residential streets.

Mr Enright is well known in the neighbourhood.

"We moved here from Finglas because we heard that this was a nice estate. When it happened, there were eight or nine shots and then the sound of tyres screeching away," one neighbour said.

Another described Mr Enright as a "quiet guy".

"I am just embarrassed about what went on, to be honest," she added.

Quiet

The Rusheeny village area is usually known as a quiet area where few things happen, said many neighbours.

"It used to be a quiet area but now it will be infamous," another said.

"I thought it was a firework that went off because there had been fireworks set off in that area in the past," said one man.

There were few signs of the shooting outside the front of Mr Enright's home, where two ornate, small trees stood on either side of the front door.

Irish Independent

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