Gunman shoots passenger in car six times
GARDAI were last night hunting a lone gunman who pumped up to six shots into a man as he sat in a car.
The latest shooting in Dublin happened at Cherryfield View in Hartstown, Clonsilla. It is understood the gunman had been waiting in the area and made his move shortly before 7pm when a car began to reverse out of the driveway of a house.
He ran up to the front passenger window, armed with a handgun, and fired a hail of bullets into the car. It is believed he took up position behind his target and fired into his back.
The victim, a man in his 30s named locally as David Goulding, was hit up to six times. The driver escaped the attack uninjured and ran in the direction of Portersgate.
The victim was rushed to Connolly Memorial Hospital with injuries to his arm and back. He is now under armed protection.
Gardai were last night trying to establish a motive for the shooting. A large area around the shooting scene at the end of a cul-de-sac was cordoned off, along with an open space area.
One woman who lived nearby in the housing estate, said she heard about five or six pops and first thought the sounds were a car backfiring.
She said she did not realise until later that someone had been shot.
Others said that they believed the house where the car reversed from was rented and that a young man lived there. But many other people who live in the estate refused to answer their doors last night as the area buzzed with garda activity.
The estate was described as a quiet residential area with many young families living there.
Gardai appealed to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the area before the shooting happened to get in touch with them.
Information should be given to gardai at Blanchardstown garda station on 01 6667000, or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.