SHOPPERS were left terrified when a violent and bloody confrontation between a bare-chested man and a shop security guard spilled out onto the streets.
The incident happened just before 2pm yesterday at the SuperValu supermarket on Talbot Street, in the north inner city.
A tattooed man, who is in his 30s, had blood pouring from his head as he lay on the pavement outside the shop. Around him were his T-shirt and a jacket.
Witnesses said there had been an argument between two men and security guards in the SuperValu prior to the physical confrontation.
The injured man had earlier made a number of attempts to re-enter the supermarket, after he was apparently ejected by a security guard. There was a pool of blood left on the street following the confrontation.
Scores of local workers, families and tourists witnessed the event. Gardai have launched an investigation but there were no arrests last night.
One witness said: "It was scary, the guy seemed really angry and the security guard just wasn't letting up. Outside the shop there were pieces of fried chicken and other food just scattered around. If it was an argument over the food, there really wasn't that much of it there."
After around 10 minutes, gardai from nearby Store Street garda station arrived on the scene and calmed the situation.
The man was helped into an ambulance. The eyewitness added: "There was a woman with the man. She seemed to be very upset."
Local councillor Ray McAdam added: "It must have been a scary enough incident for anyone in the shop. It's not something that you want to see in broad daylight on the streets of Dublin."
Gardai have urged any eyewitness to the conflict to contact Store Street garda station on (01) 666 8000.