Thursday 29 September 2016

Killer escapes with minor injuries after being shot

Barry Duggan and Kathryn Hayes

Published 11/05/2015 | 02:30

Trainee gardai will now be confronted with an exact replica of the scenario that cost Elber her adored family.
Trainee gardai will now be confronted with an exact replica of the scenario that cost Elber her adored family.

A convicted killer has survived a second attempt on his life after he was shot by a gunman on a bicycle.

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Joseph 'Dodo' McCarthy (42) suffered gunshot wounds to his hands and legs after an assailant, armed with a sawn-off shotgun, opened fire on him in Limerick city.

McCarthy, who is originally from Delmege Park, Moyross, was brought to University Hospital Limerick following the attack in the Hyde Road area of the city at 2pm on Saturday. He has since been discharged from hospital.

The suspected gunman, a 22-year-old, was arrested hours after the attack and the shotgun believed to have been used in the shooting was also recovered.

The suspect is well known to Limerick gardaí and has over 40 convictions. He is being questioned at Roxboro Garda Station.

Gardaí believe the shooting may be linked to a previous incident in Southill in September 2013, when a man was shot at as he fled into his house.

The victim, who is related to the McCarthy side of the notorious McCarthy-Dundon gang, is a well-known criminal in Limerick. This is the second time he has survived a gun attack.

In May 2003, 'Dodo' McCarthy was shot in the chest when two gunmen forced their way into a house in Moyross.

In 2005,'Dodo' McCarthy was sentenced to eight years in prison for the manslaughter of Colman Barrett in Galway city on September 8-9, 2003.

Irish Independent

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