Thursday 29 September 2016

Man shot and injured in Dublin 'not intended target'

Ken Foy and Alan O'Keeffe

Published 04/08/2016 | 11:49

The scene of the shooting of a man at a business premises on the Greenhills Road, Dublin earlier this morning
The scene of the shooting of a man at a business premises on the Greenhills Road, Dublin earlier this morning
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A man blasted in a shotgun attack in west Dublin this morning was an 'ordinary customer' buying car parts - sources have revealed.

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Gardaí do not believe the victim was the intended target of a gunman who stormed the car parts yard.

The incident happened shortly after 11.30am this morning at a car parts yard on Greenhills Road, Walkinstown in Dublin.

It is understood that the man who was injured in the incident was not the intended target.

It is believed he was a customer at Cullen's Car Parts yard.

The gunman arrived on foot and he was seen running from the scene before fleeing in a silver car with an accomplice.

The scene of the shooting of a man at a business premises on the Greenhills Road, Dublin earlier this morning
The scene of the shooting of a man at a business premises on the Greenhills Road, Dublin earlier this morning

A large number of garda units responded to the incident.

The injured party was struck in the chest by shotgun pellets and his condition is described as serious.

He was taken Tallaght Hospital where his injuries are described as "not life threatening". Sources say he is in a serious but stable condition.

The area has been sealed off.

An local worker said he had no idea anything was wrong until he saw the garda helicopter hovering overhead.

Large numbers of partly dismantled cars were stacked in the yards. The yard where the shooting happened had a bright blue security fence, a CCTV camera at the entrance and a sign which stated ‘All customers please report to office.’

A local resident said she had no idea anything happened until she saw an ambulance parked beside the road.

“It had been raining very heavily and I was minding a three-year-old girl. I didn’t hear anything.

“I’ve lived here for over 30 years and nothing like this has happened before. The guards came and told me a chap was after being shot. They asked me if I saw anything but I didn’t.”

“Thank god nobody was killed,” she added.

A man working nearby said: “The ambulance crew worked on the man who was shot for about 20 minutes before they took him to hospital.

“We heard he wasn’t seriously wounded.”

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area or who has any information to contact Crumlin Garda Station 01-6666200

In particular, they are appealing for information on a number of points:

1 For anyone who may have been in the Greenhills Rd area of Walkinstown between 11am and 1pm and may have seen or noted the movements of a Seat Ibiza Reg No. 97 D 44770.

2 This car was subsequently located on Corrig Close which is only a short distance from the scene of the shooting. Did you notice the suspects leave this car and who may have got into another car?

3 It is believed that there were two suspects, the first a male described as tall and wearing a grey tracksuit, the second who was driving is not yet described.

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