Sunday 20 August 2017

Stray bullet just missed boy (4) in car by inches

A forensic garda at the scene of the Finglas shooting on Friday Photo: Steve Humphreys
A forensic garda at the scene of the Finglas shooting on Friday Photo: Steve Humphreys
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

The mother of a young boy who narrowly missed being hit by a stray bullet in a botched gangland hit has said he was uninjured after the shocking attack.

The boy (4) was sitting in the back of his father's car in the Charlestown shopping centre in Finglas on Friday evening when a masked gunman opened fire nearby.

The hitman was aiming at a known criminal but a stray bullet hit the boy's car seat.

The gunman then jumped into a waiting car and was driven from the scene, while his intended target fled.

"Everyone is fine," said the boy's mother from her Finglas home.

But another relative has told how close the boy came to harm in the daylight attack.

The child was with his father in the car park of McDonald's when the shooting happened.

"He was going down for a Happy Meal and the little lad was in the back in his child seat and the bullet came in through the back door and through the seat.

"He was in a high seat and as far as I know the bullet is stuck in the seat," said the relative. "If he had been any lower or higher, he was gone - it missed him by inches."

Irish Independent

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