A MAN was lucky to escape with his life after being shot at least three times in a gun attack.
Gardai are investigating if the attempted murder is linked to a drugs debt.
The 42-year-old was reversing out of the driveway of a house in Co Louth at around 9.30pm last night when a gunman approached
and fired up to five shots.
Sources said it appears the man may have been followed to the house in the Paddocks estate in Termonfeckin. It is believed he was just visiting the house at the time of the incident.
“Initial indications are that up to five shots were fired at him at close range and at least three struck him,” a source told the Herald.
The man struggled to get out of the car but managed to run and escape his attackers.
He made his way back into the house and the gardai and ambulance were called.
Blood stains could be seen on the door of the house and also on a wall outside.
The man was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where he said to be in a serious but not life-threatening condition.
A bullet casing could be seen on the road outside the house and there is blood on the front door and on a wall.
Gardai confirmed the victim did not live at the property in the Paddocks but instead lives with a woman in Drogheda.
Sources said that the man was in the estate visiting the people in the house.
The residents of the house have no links to criminality.
Gardai are appealing for information on a blue Volkswagen Passat, possibly a late 1990s model, that was seen leaving the estate in an erratic manner following the shooting.
They have asked anyone who spotted the vehicle or who may have seen anything suspicious in the area to contact them.
Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting and whether it was linked to drugs.