A YOUNG man shot several times as he leaned in through the window of a parked car in a housing estate has sustained serious spinal injuries.
Gardai think the victim, Jake Sherman (20), had arranged to meet his attackers.
They believe he wanted to talk to the two men about money he was owed by them.
The silver Volvo pulled up alongside him as he walked along Moorefield Avenue in Clondalkin, west Dublin, on Thursday night as he was returning from visiting his girlfriend.
Mr Sherman looked in through the window of the car to talk to the men and was asked to go around to the other side.
When he went to the other window, one of the men produced a handgun and fired a number of shots into his throat and upper body.
One of the bullets struck his spine.
He was in a critical condition last night in Tallaght Hospital with severe wounds.
His mother, Tina, told the Irish Independent yesterday that she had been informed by medical staff that he was "going to be fine".
She said he had been "in the wrong place, at the wrong time. That is all it was", and was certain he would survive.
The family were shocked, she said, particularly as he was the father of a young child.
Mr Sherman had been visiting his girlfriend and was going to Neilstown to get some food, but has a "blank" as to what happened next, said his mother.
He was spotted leaning into the car window talking to a group of people at Moorefield Avenue in Clondalkin moments before shots rang out from inside the vehicle.
A witness described hearing gunfire and seeing him falling backwards.
The victim, from Foxdene estate in Lucan, was asking people if he was going to die as he lay on the ground.
A woman who called the ambulance that rushed him to hospital checked his pulse for emergency services while urging them to hurry to the scene.
The Volvo car was later found partially destroyed by fire in Woodford Parade in Clondalkin.
Gardai at Ronanstown have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.
A woman living in Moorefield Avenue said Mr Sherman was the second young man to be shot in the area and neighbours were "sick of it".
"It's just getting worse," she said.
Mr Sherman fell to the ground just metres from where Dean Johnston (20) lost his life after being gunned down in May 2011 while sitting in his car.
The latest shooting was the third gun attack – two of them fatal – in a week.