Thursday 30 October 2014

Man survives being shot in the back

Cormac Murphy and Ken Foy

Published 03/04/2014 | 02:30

Gardai on patrol at the scene of the shooting in the Dublin suburb of Ballyfermot.

GARDAI are appealing for witnesses after a man was shot in the back in a suburban street.

The victim, named locally as Darren Whelan (26), was shot outside his home on Lally Road in Ballyfermot, Dublin at 8.45pm last night.

It is understood that he was approached by an individual and shot at least once in the back with a handgun.

Sources said that the shooting took place outside his house and Mr Whelan made it as far as the front door before collapsing in the hallway. It is thought that he may have been targeted by a faction of the Real IRA operating in that part of Dublin.

He lives with two sisters and his mother Betty was at bingo at the time, it is understood.

SHOCKING

It is believed Mr Whelan's sister gave a statement to the gardai, saying that he fell into the hallway – and when she asked what was wrong, he said: "I think I'm after being shot."

At St James's Hospital his injuries were described as "serious but not fatal".

Meanwhile, the gunman is believed to have run off in the direction of Decies Road. One neighbour, who did not wish to be named, said she heard shooting outside her window.

"I just heard bang, bang, bang. I didn't know where it came from. My heart was up in my mouth," she said.

Local councillor Clare Byrne said the incident was "a shame". She added: "It shows complete disregard for life, not just for the poor man who was shot but for all those around. It's shocking."

A garda cordon was set up in front of the house as officers conducted inquiries last night.

No one else was injured.

Irish Independent

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