Wednesday 26 October 2016

Shooting victim leaves hospital and flees 'down the country'

Published 04/05/2016 | 06:54

Keith Willis
Keith Willis

A MAN who was wounded in a gun attack on Monday night has left hospital and “gone down the country for a few days”.

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Keith Willis (26) was visiting a house on Shancastle Avenue, Ronanstown, Clondalkin, where he had planned to watch the World Snooker Championship final with friends when a car drew up outside.

Local sources said someone in the car called out a man’s name that was not Willis’, but he opened the front door.

Gardai are investigating if Willis was the intended target of the shooting or if someone else at the house was the person the gunmen were looking for.


Willis was hit twice, in the arm and the hip. One, and possibly two, bullets hit the front door. Neighbours reported hearing four shots.

He was taken to Connolly Hospital but left yesterday, saying he was “going down the country for a few days”.

Willis lives with his grandmother, Theresa Willis, in Rossmore Avenue, Ballyfermot.

He had been staying there since his release from prison last December 14 after serving more than two years of a five-year sentence handed to him in October 2013 for having more than 5,000 ecstasy tablets that he transported to Sligo to pay off a debt.

Mrs Willis said he left the house on Monday between 7.30pm and 8pm.

“He didn’t say where he was going. He never does,” she told the Herald.

“Then one of my daughters rang me saying she had heard he’d been shot. I was sure he was gone, if I’m honest. I thought that was it for him.”

Mrs Willis said her grandson has had family relationship difficulties over the years and she is now supporting him with her pension.

“He asked me for money before he left. I gave him €35. It was all I had in my purse,” she said.

The scene on Shancastle Drive, close to Liffey Valley shopping centre, remained sealed off yesterday morning as gardai carried out an examination.

“I heard four loud bangs, one after the other in quick succession, and then the gardai, ambulance and fire brigade were here very quickly,” said a local woman.

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