Saturday 22 July 2017

Innocent family terrified as two shots are fired at house by Kinahan thugs

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Ken Foy and Conor Feehan

A completely innocent family had a lucky escape after two shots were fired into their north Dublin home in a terrifying gun attack, which gardai believe was carried out by thugs linked to the Kinahan cartel.

The shocking incident happened at the property in Charlestown Park, Finglas, shortly after 9.15pm, when shots were fired from a handgun at a window and a door of the house.

Two men were seen fleeing the scene on a motorbike, which has not yet been recovered by gardai.

Senior sources say that it is believed that the shooting is linked to a “personal dispute” between a major local drug-dealing gang and a man who was not even in the house when it was targeted.

Sources say the intended target is not involved in criminality and no arrests have been made so far in the case.

The targeted house is in the corner of a quiet residential street near the Charlestown Shopping Centre.

One of the bullets left a hole in the living room window frame at chest level.

The occupants of the house, who were left shaken by the incident, did not wish to comment on the matter.

“It is lucky that this incident did not cause serious injury or worse. The occupants of that house are completely innocent people,” a source said last night.

“It is only a matter of time before this crowd kill someone,” the source added.

The house was sealed off by gardai for a number of hours after Monday night’s shooting, while ballistic and forensic examinations took place.

It is understood the up-and-coming thug who ordered the shooting was not in the country when it happened.

Gardai have become increasingly concerned about the activities of this man and his associates, who have become the suburb’s biggest drug-dealing gang.

This young man, who is in his 20s and has barely any previous convictions, was previously involved in a major public order and property damage incident in Finglas village with a number of his pals.

He is closely aligned to a 24-year-old drug dealer who has become the new kingpin for the Kinahan cartel in a major patch of north Dublin.

The man has taken over a drug-dealing patch belonging to one of his closest associates, who fled the country months ago.

The on-the-run thug’s home has been raided and he has been arrested and questioned about the murder of Eddie Hutch Snr on February 8 last year.

He is now believed to be hiding out in Birmingham with two notorious brothers from the Cabra area.

The 24-year-old thug has a core network of at least 20 loyal associates, all of whom are regularly stopped and searched by gardai – including the young criminal who is suspected of ordering Monday night’s attack.

Herald

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