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Friday 30 September 2016

Face of man (26) shot in arm and leg in drive-by gun attack

Conor Feehan and Cathal McMahon

Published 02/05/2016 | 21:40

Keith Willis
Keith Willis
Garda at the scene this morning
Gardai investigate an incident where a man was shot at Shancastle Drive in Dublin. Pictures:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate an incident where a man was shot at Shancastle Drive in Dublin. Pictures:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate an incident where a man was shot at Shancastle Drive in Dublin. Pictures:Arthur Carron

This is the man who was rushed to hospital after being gunned down in a drive-by shooting in the capital.

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Keith Willis (26) was shot in the arm and leg shortly before 9pm in the Shancastle Drive area of Clondalkin last night.

It is understood that Mr Willis, who is living in Ballyfermot, had been walking alone when two men in a silver saloon pulled up beside him and opened fire.

It is believed he was shot twice with a handgun.

He was rushed to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown, where it is believed his injuries are not life-threatening.

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Gardai investigate an incident where a man was shot at Shancastle Drive in Dublin. Pictures:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate an incident where a man was shot at Shancastle Drive in Dublin. Pictures:Arthur Carron

Mr Willis is believed to be originally from Ballyfermot but had recently been living in Lucan.

The latest shooting comes just days after Thomas Farnan (37) was shot dead in his hallway on Kilcronan Close, Clondalkin on Monday, April 25.

Gardai investigate an incident where a man was shot at Shancastle Drive in Dublin. Pictures:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate an incident where a man was shot at Shancastle Drive in Dublin. Pictures:Arthur Carron

The two incidents are not believed to be related. It is also understood that neither shooting is connected to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Gardai at Ronanstown Garda Station are investigating the incident - with garda helicopters understood to have headed in the direction of the M5O in search of the suspects.

The area was cordoned off by gardai last night.

Local councillor Kenneth Egan told the Herald the recent spate of shootings in the area is "shocking", blaming it on thugs that "have no shame".

"It's madness and uncalled for, it's shocking no matter what the reasons are behind it. It's happening too often around this area. It is a good area and there's some fantastic people here," Mr Egan said.

"I think there are enough gardai in the area and they do a fantastic job. They're renowned for their work-rate, so I wouldn't question them.

"There's just a couple of thugs out there who have no shame going around shooting people and have no respect for anybody and that's the problem," he added.

The scene on Shancastle Drive, close to Liffey Valley shopping centre, remained sealed off this morning as gardai from the technical bureau carried out a forensic examination of the scene.

Locals reported hearing four loud bangs but said they did not see the victim or the gunman.

A bullet hole could be seen in the front door, and there were some bloodstains on the wall of the open porch where the victim had rubbed against it, most likely as he fled from his attackers.

Two yellow garda tags marked evidence on the path and roadway outside the house which is at the end of a cul de sac.

It is thought they covered spent bullet casings.

“I heard four loud bangs, one after the other in quick succession, and then the gardai, ambulance and fire brigade were here very quickly,” said one shocked local woman.

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