Sunday 23 November 2014

‘I have no idea who shot me,’ says latest victim

James Campbell admits he has enemies after being targeted

Published 24/02/2014 | 12:39

James Campbell shows his injuries to his knee, after he was shoot outside 14 Cushlawn Drive, Tallaght. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Evening Herald  24/2/2014
James Campbell shows his injuries to his knee, after he was shot outside 14 Cushlawn Drive, Tallaght
A Garda van outside Cushlawn Drive, Tallaght, where James Campbell was shot in the knee
James Campbell shows his injuries to his knee, after he was shoot outside 14 Cushlawn Drive, Tallaght. Picture credit; Damien Eagers / Evening Herald 24/2/2014
James Campbell shows his injuries to his knee

These are the gruesome bullet wounds of a man shot outside his home in Tallaght yesterday evening.

James Campbell (21) was singled out as he walked along Cushlawn Drive at around 8pm.

Although he admitted he has a number of enemies, he said he has no idea why he was shot.

“I was just walking into my house when a car pulled up and I heard a voice saying, ‘Is that him?' And then I heard the gun go off. One bang,” he said.

“I don't know where they were aiming but it hit me in the side of the knee.”

Mr Campbell lifted his tracksuit bottoms and moved his bandages to show the entry and exit wounds. It appeared the bullet passed through his knee joint.

A neat hole on the outside of his right knee shows the point of impact.

Lower down, on the inside of his knee, a wound with a more jagged or ripped appearance shows where the bullet exited.

Mr Campbell said he was treated in Tallaght Hospital but discharged himself last night.

“They told me the bullet went through my knee. I walked out of there last night, though,” he said.

The victim said he was given painkillers and patched up before leaving hospital.

This morning he was back at the scene of the shooting, leaning on a crutch.

He said he has no idea as to the identity of the gunman.

ARRESTS

“I've a few enemies, but I don't know who did this,” he said.

Gardai said the incident is under investigation, but no arrests have yet been made.

A garda van remained at the scene this morning as house-to-house inquiries were expected to be launched.

A forensic examination of the scene was also.

Conor Feehan

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