Saturday 21 October 2017

Notorious gang blamed for shooting of young man

Barry Duggan and Conor Kane

MEMBERS of one of the country's most dangerous criminal gangs are being blamed for the shooting of a young man.

Darren Hehir (21) was shot in the knee by a lone gunman while he walked along Clarina Avenue, Ballinacurra-Weston on Limerick city's southside on Friday night.

Gardai believe the gunman was ordered by leading members of the McCarthy-Dundon gang to shoot the young man.

The incident took place at 10.30pm and a number of teenagers are understood to have been in the vicinity during the shooting incident.

Emergency services were alerted but when an ambulance arrived at the scene, the wounded man had already been taken to hospital in a car. The injured man, who is from Raheen Square, Ballinacurra-Weston, was recovering in the Mid-Western Regional Hospital over the weekend.

The suspected assailant was later arrested and interviewed by officers from Roxboro garda station and investigations are continuing.

Gunman

The alleged culprit is also from the city's southside and is well known to gardai from previous criminal investigations.

It is believed that the incident may be connected to a localised feud on the southside of Limerick between the McCarthy-Dundon gang and another outfit based in the Southill area of the city, the Curtin gang.

Meanwhile, a man was yesterday recovering in hospital following two tit-for-tat shooting incidents which are are believed to be connected to a feud.

The man is said to be in a stable condition after being shot early yesterday morning at a house in Staplestown Road in Carlow town.

At least four shots were fired through the window of the home. Shell cases lying around the front garden were examined later by gardai.

The incident followed an earlier shooting at another house in John Sweeney Park in Carlow, close to the Tullow Road.

There were no injuries in the first shooting which happened at about 12.30am yesterday.

Gardai in Carlow town are appealing for witnesses following the incidents and anyone who was in the area, or knows anything about what happened, is asked to contact 059-9136620.

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