Saturday 19 April 2014

Gunman fires shots into hotel with people inside

* Lone gunman fired four shotgun rounds at hotel entrance in early hours of this morning

Gardai are investigating a shooting in the north of Dublin city last night.

A lone gunman approached the Sunnybank Hotel, on Botanic Avenue, just off the Mobhi Road in Glasnevin, at approximately 3.30am this morning.

The gunman fired four shotgun rounds at the front door of the hotel, Botanic Road, Glasnevin.

It is understood a number of people were in the bar at the time.

Nobody was injured during the shooting.

The gunman made his escape on foot in the direction of Mobhi Road.

There have been no arrests so far.

This morning, gardai were conducting a forensic examination of the scene as part of their investigation.

Residents living near the hotel were woken up by the sound of gunfire.

A family living nearby on the Botanic Road said they were woken by the sound of gunshots nearby.

"I heard four shots," said a 35-year-old woman who did not want to be identified.

"I've never heard a gunshot before but it was definitely gunshots. It woke me up and I searched for my phone thinking 'that sounds like gunshots," she said.

"It was so distinctive. It was really loud, "she said.

Gardai confirmed that four shotgun rounds were fired into the side entrance of the hotel and restaurant leading to the bar at approximately 3:30am.

It's understood that people were in the bar when the shooting took place but no one was injured.

Both the main door and the side entrance to the hotel remained locked and staff refused to comment on the shooting.

However five large bullet holes the size of snooker balls were clearly visible in both the inner and outer doors of the bar entrance. The surrounding glass was shattered.

A neighbour said there has never been any trouble there in the past.

It's understood that the hotel may provide social welfare accommodation, according to neighbours who have seen schoolchildren leaving the hotel in the morning and taking the bus to school.

"It's incredible" the neighbour said of the shooting which took place near the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin which hosts daily school tours and is a popular tourist destination.

Irish Independent

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