Customer flees scene after shooting doorman at pub
A customer shot a pub doorman in an apparently random attack after opening fire in the bar where he had been drinking for most of the day.
The customer had been sitting at a table in the Sally Noggin Inn in Sallynoggin, near Dun Laoghaire in south Dublin, for several hours when he suddenly produced a handgun and fired a shot in the direction of a group of drinkers.
The gunman then fled from the premises and started to run across the Sallynoggin Road but then turned around and fired again towards the pub entrance where doorman Andrew Kennedy (45) was standing with a group of people.
Only the doorman was injured in the incident, which took place at around 12.50am yesterday and left a bullet lodged in a wall.
Mr Kennedy, who is originally from Hacketstown, Co Carlow, was hit on the left side of his body and slumped to the ground as the gunman flagged down a taxi and made off towards Rochestown Avenue.
The injured man was rushed by ambulance to St Vincent's University Hospital where he underwent surgery yesterday afternoon.
Joe Flynn, who lives in the Sallynoggin area, told how he was having a few drinks in the bar when the incident unfolded.
"There was a lad at the bar on his own, just having pints and looking straight down the bar," he said.
"There was a group of young people beside him on one side, and nobody seemed to be bothering him and he wasn't bothering anyone either," Mr Flynn said.
"The next thing, the man just stood up, walked over to the group of young lads and we heard a bang, he just shot into them.
"I didn't see the gun, I just heard the bang, and it was loud.
"There was a commotion then and the fella just walked out the door. I didn't hear the second shot because he was outside at that stage."
Mr Flynn described the gunman as being in his 40s with greying hair and wearing a black and white top.
Meanwhile, gardai at Dun Laoghaire station have issued an appeal for witnesses to come forward.
Officers are particularly anxious to interview the taxi driver, who collected the gunman, and want to hear from any drivers who were in the Sallynoggin area around 1am.
Gardai appealed to anybody with information to contact them at Dun Laoghaire station, on 01 6665000, or phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.
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