Wednesday 28 September 2016

Child (5) narrowly escapes injury after shots fired in attempted gangland hit

Cathal McMahon

Published 08/04/2016 | 21:05

Gardai at the shooting which took place at the KFC and McDonalds Drive in car park near Charlestown Shopping Centre. Pic Steve Humphreys
Gardai at the shooting which took place at the KFC and McDonalds Drive in car park near Charlestown Shopping Centre. Pic Steve Humphreys
Gardai at the shooting which took place at the KFC and McDonalds Drive in car park near Charlestown Shopping Centre. Pic Steve Humphreys

A 5-year-old child had a narrow escape after shots were fired in a gangland hit this evening.

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Independent.ie has learned that a number of bullets were fired at a vehicle in the car park of Charlestown Shopping centre, Finglas at 6.15pm.

Sources have revealed that the gunman missed his intended target and the bullets hit off another car with a young child inside.

Gardai from Finglas are investigating this latest attack.

Credit: Cathal McMahon
Credit: Cathal McMahon
Credit: Cathal McMahon

The intended target is believed to be from Tallaght.

The scene at Charlestown Shopping centre remained sealed off tonight.

Garda forensics teams had placed a number of yellow markers around a grey Ford estate car.

The car park is between a KFC and McDonalds fast food restaurant.

Credit: Cathal McMahon
Credit: Cathal McMahon

A number of young people were in the area at the time of the shooting.

The scene is also just yards from a funfair which is currently underway in the area.

Local TD Noel Rock said: "A Friday night at a shopping centre shows there is a clear seeping of gangland crime into the everyday lives of families.

"The fact that these shots narrowly missed a young child shows the real danger posed by these thugs. I'm afraid I have to call on the Minister for Justice to take a far more robust stance on this matter, as this is clearly escalating in this part of Dublin."

Gardai have appealed for anyone with information to contact them.

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