Saturday 22 November 2014

Shot man was just released from prison

Published 30/08/2014 | 02:30

A MAN who was shot in both legs in a crowded park had been recently released from prison.

Investigating gardai visited the victim, Tiernan Stokes, at St Vincent's hospital in Dublin yesterday .

But they are not yet in a position to take a statement from him.

Stokes (24) was shot in the calves of his legs in the People's Park, Bray, at around 5.30pm on Thursday.

The incident took place on open ground in the park where families were walking with their children and a local football team were preparing to play.

But despite this, nobody saw the shooting or heard the shots.

Stokes had an address at Oldcourt Avenue in Bray but has been living in Drimnagh in the south city since his release from jail where he was serving a sentence for theft.

Gardai said whoever shot him had taken "great care" to ensure he was hit in similar parts of his legs and did not sustain more serious injuries.

They believe the incident may be linked to a row among what they described as low-level criminals, possibly as a result of a debt.

Officers are awaiting the result of a forensic examination to determine whether the injuries were inflicted by a handgun or a rifle.

They think the shooting was intended as a warning and are pursuing a number of leads to establish who was responsible for the attack.

Gardai have identified the spot where they believe the shooting took place. They did not become aware of the shooting until they were contacted by the ambulance services, which had been alerted about an injured man in the park.

Gardai have asked anybody with information about the shooting to contact them at Bray station, tel 01 6665300, or on the confidential phone line at 1800 666111.

Irish Independent

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