Real IRA linked with latest Dublin shooting
Published 02/04/2014 | 21:29
Gardai are investigating after a man was shot in the back in a suburban street.
The 26-year-old victim was shot on Lally Road in Ballyfermot, Dublin at 8.45pm
It is understood that he was approached, and shot at least once in the back with a handgun.
The gunman is then believed to have made his escape on foot in the direction of Decies Road.
The victim was rushed to St James’s Hospital where his injuries were described by sources as “serious but not fatal”.
It is thought that he may have been targeted by a faction of the Real IRA operating in that part of Dublin.
One neighbour, who didn’t wish to be named, said that she head the shooting outside her window.
“I did not see anything, I just heard bang, bang, bang. I didn’t know where it came from,” she said.
Another described the victim as “a quiet young fella”.
A garda cordon ran the full width of the road and officers were conducting house to house inquiries and searching the area.
Gardai said Mr Whelan’s condition is stable and no one else was injured in the incident.
They have appealed for witnesses to contact them.