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Saturday 3 December 2016

Man (20) fights for life after being shot five times

Published 17/08/2015 | 02:30

Members of the Garda technical division at the scene of the shooting in Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Members of the Garda technical division at the scene of the shooting in Ballyfermot, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins

A young man is fighting for his life after a daylight shooting in Dublin.

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The man, named locally as Jordan Friary, aged 20, was shot five times as he ran for his life in Cherry Orchard.

Mr Friary was singled out from a group by a lone gunman who arrived at the scene on a bicycle.

The victim managed to run along a railway embankment in a bid to escape.

The attack happened on Cherry Orchard Parade at 6.30pm on Saturday evening.

Mr Friary was fighting for his life in a Dublin hospital last night.

"A guy arrived on a bike and casually took a handgun from a bag before spraying Friary with gunfire, hitting him five times in a targeted attack," one source said.

"In a bid to get away, he managed to climb through a gap in a fence behind him and run along the railway embankment for around 20 yards to the right before collapsing," the source added.

An ambulance was called to the scene and Mr Friary was treated on the spot before being rushed to St James's Hospital.

He was described last night as being in a critical condition and is understood to have undergone emergency surgery for a second time yesterday.

His family declined to comment on the shooting, but it is understood that Mr Friary has no criminal convictions.

Investigators do not know of a motive for the shooting and are following several different lines of inquiry into the attempted murder.

Responding to the shooting, local Sinn Féin councillor Daithí Doolan said it was wrong and unacceptable.

Irish Independent

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