A hitman and his driver risked being caught by the crowd outside the pub where four people were shot at the weekend.
The shooting of heroin dealer Greg Lynch outside a Dublin bar was yesterday described by Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan as "a very cowardly act".
Three innocent women were hit in the legs when the gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd outside Hanlon's pub at the corner of the North Circular Road and Old Cabra Road in Dublin early on Sunday morning.
The gunman and driver panicked as they tried to escape and drove their BMW getaway car back towards the crowd and came under attack as they attempted to speed away along North Circular Road.
Bottles were thrown at the two men as they made their escape.
The car was later found abandoned near a cinema in Walkinstown on the south side of the city. It is currently undergoing a detailed forensic examination.
Lynch (28) remains in a serious condition at the Mater Hospital as gardai wait to interview him. One of two shots shattered his jaw while the other lodged a bullet behind an eye.
Gardai said last night they expected their investigation to be a "slow burner" but were hopeful of a positive outcome.
They believe the shooting was linked to a row between Lynch and associates of a top criminal, who was blamed for masterminding the murder of Real IRA faction leader Alan Ryan in September last year and a previous attempt to attack Lynch in the south inner city.
Mr Callinan said the shooting had been carried out by someone with no regard for human life. He pledged that gardai were making every effort to arrest the gunman and his accomplice and appealed to anyone with information to phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.