Friday 22 September 2017

'Mistaken identity' shooting in estate of minister

The scene at Redford Park
The scene at Redford Park
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A SECOND man was hospitalised after being shot and wounded at his home in another case of suspected mistaken identity.

The victim, named locally as Rupert Stanley, who is in his 50s, was targeted by two men who called to the door of his bungalow at Redford Park in Greystones, Co Wicklow.

He was hit in the abdomen and arm in the attack just before 10pm on Monday night which shattered the front window of the house in the quiet cul de sac just a short distance from the family home of Junior Minister Simon Harris.

He was described as in a stable condition in St Vincent's Hospital.

Neighbours reported hearing two loud bangs and then seeing the victim's distressed wife Angela helping him after the men drove away from the scene.

Gardai believe it may be a second case of a mistaken shooting, following the attack on Sunday when Edward Nugent was shot dead at his home on Harty Avenue, Walkinstown, in Dublin.

Senior sources say they do not yet know why Mr Stanley, known locally as Ruby, was shot.

"There is no known reason why this man should be targeted in this way," they said.

"The investigation is at an early stage but we cannot rule out mistaken identity."

Neighbours said Mr Stanley and his wife had moved to Greystones around two years ago.

"They are a lovely couple and they had done a great job doing up their house," said one woman in the area.

"I heard two bangs last night at around 10pm and that must have been the shots," she added.

Another neighbour also reported hearing two loud noises.

"I didn't know what it was so I didn't pay much heed, but then I saw the blue lights of the ambulance and the gardai.

"When I looked up the road I could see the man's wife helping him," they said. "There's no reason why anybody on this road would be shot and that's what makes it so frightening, to think an innocent person could be fired at," they added.

Gardai yesterday preserved the scene for forensic examination.

Irish Independent

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