Friday 24 March 2017

Customers helped to save shot mum's life

Brian McDonald

SHOCKED customers helped save the life of a supermarket worker who was gunned down in broad daylight on Tuesday.

Dympna Walsh (50), a mother of three, was in a stable condition at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar yesterday after being blasted in both legs with a double-barrelled shotgun.

A businessman, who was arrested within hours of the shooting, was still being questioned last night.

Yesterday, an eye-witness re-lived the incident at Gaughan's Costcutters supermarket in the village of Balla, not far from Castlebar.

Local resident Yvonne McLoughlin was in the shop at about 6.30pm. Accompanied by her partner, she was at a till to pay for her groceries and was being dealt with by Ms Walsh.

"The lady was serving me and the man with the gun walked in the back door. He said nothing and just shot her in one leg. He then shot her in the second leg," she said.

A man removed the belt from his trousers and Ms McLoughlin and her partner used it as a tourniquet to stem the bleeding on one leg before repeating the procedure with the other leg.

An ambulance was on the scene within minutes and took Ms Walsh to hospital.

A man aged about 50 was arrested on Tuesday evening at a pub in nearby Mayoabbey. He is understood to know Ms Walsh.

Irish Independent

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