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Thursday 23 March 2017

Man (30) shot in latest attack on his home

Tom Brady and Kevin Keane

A man who was hit four times by shotgun pellets after an attack at his home was recovering in hospital yesterday.

The 30-year-old man had been on a couch in his house in Wheatfields Close, Clondalkin, west Dublin, on Tuesday night when two men entered the house and opened fire with a shotgun.

The man, who was with his girlfriend, was hit in the left hand, twice in the right arm, and in the right thigh.

He was rushed to Tallaght hospital but his injuries were not life threatening.

Gardai yesterday continued to examine the scene of the attack, which is the latest in a series of incidents at the house.

Earlier this year, the man lost part of his finger when he was assaulted with a samurai sword in his house.

He told gardai investigating that incident that he had fallen down the stairs.

Yesterday, a forensic team carried out an examination of the semi-detached house, which is situated at the end of a quiet park in west Dublin.

The front door bore visible damage, which neighbours said was from the previous attack.

A child's go-kart and a bicycle lay in the front yard, which was cordoned off; while in the back garden, the man's two dogs barked incessantly.

The man lived alone but his young son visited him regularly.

None of the man's neighbours who spoke to the Irish Independent wished to be named.

One woman said she was putting her young daughter to bed when she heard the gunshots.

"I just heard the noises and didn't know what it was and just had a look out and saw the ambulance and the fire brigade. So much goes on over there you wouldn't know. There are cars going in and out all the time," the woman said.

Another neighbour said she heard at least six or seven gunshots but was reluctant to leave her house.

"I was too afraid. I only knew him to say hi to. I thought he was alright but what can you do," she remarked.



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A third neighbour remarked that the man kept to himself.

"I couldn't tell you his name, to be honest, I only know his face. He didn't mix with any of us here. He had plenty of people going in and out (of his house) alright.

"That's about the fourth attempt on that house now. I don't think anyone in the park even knows his name, they just know his face," the man said.

Irish Independent

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