Tuesday 27 September 2016

'Please pray for her' - Mum releases shocking photo of daughter shot in the neck

Published 17/05/2016 | 11:53

Photo supplied by the family Ciara Sheehan (21) who was was shot in the neck in a gun attack at her boyfriend's house in the Hollywood estate on the north side of Cork city.
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Photo supplied by the family Ciara Sheehan (21) who was was shot in the neck in a gun attack at her boyfriend's house in the Hollywood estate on the north side of Cork city. Pic Provision

The mother of a young woman shot in the neck by a gunman has issued a photograph to show the severity of her condition.

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Ciara Sheehan (21) would have been paralysed if the bullet had entered her neck just 1cm to the side.

Her mother Susan O’Mahony issued the shocking photo to show the world the physical damage caused.

“This is my daughter Ciara. I would just like to show you the impact of this,” she wrote on Facebook.

Ciara Sheehan was shot in the neck when the house she was in was attacked
Ciara Sheehan was shot in the neck when the house she was in was attacked

“I know it’s shocking but this is the reality of it, please pray for her. Sorry, it is upsetting.”

Gardai recovered a firearm which they suspect was used in the attack that left Ciara with neck and throat injuries.

She remains in a serious condition in Cork University Hospital (CUH) as gardai said she was not the intended target of a terrifying early morning gun attack on a family home in Knocknaheeny, Cork.

The handgun recovered yesterday will now undergo a detailed forensic and ballistic examination to determine if it was used in the attack.

Gardai are also investigating whether attacks on two other houses on Cork’s northside may be linked to the incident.

Read More: Innocent woman shot in the neck 'was 1cm away from paralysis'

Ciara Sheehan: shot in neck
Ciara Sheehan: shot in neck

Ms Sheehan was sitting watching TV with a friend in a house in the Hollywood Estate when a firearm was discharged through the sitting-room window at 12.30am on Sunday.

It was the latest in a series of terrifying attacks on the family living in the property, which included windows being smashed.

Ms Sheehan suffered a gunshot wound to her throat and neck. Doctors performed emergency surgery at CUH and she is now expected to make a full recovery.

However, local sources said it was a miracle the innocent woman escaped life-threatening injury.

“If it had been just a small bit to the side, she could have been killed or left paralysed,” said one friend. “Less than half an inch and we would have been talking about a tragedy.”

The woman, who didn’t want to give her name because she was frightened, said it was an appalling incident.

Gurranabraher gardai arrested a man (29) and woman (22) within an hour of the attack.

The pair, who are not related, can be questioned for up to five days.

The man is being questioned in Gurranabraher Garda Station while the woman is being questioned at Bridewell Garda Station. The man is well known to gardai.

Sources indicated that he has been the focus of multiple investigations ranging from serious assaults, intimidation and general criminality.

Over the past 10 years, the man has been the focus of  investigations ranging from an attack on a man with a sword to intimidation of a individual who had a pipe bomb left outside his home.

Other incidents included threats with Stanley knives and a chainsaw. Several investigations were ultimately frustrated after people were too frightened to make reports to gardai.

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