Suspect held after gun attack outside house
Published 18/09/2010 | 05:00
A man was recovering in hospital last night after he was hit in a barrage of shots outside a suburban house.
The attacker fired at least eight shots from a handgun as he ran across a green area toward his victim, who was wounded in the calf.
The 22-year-old victim was later removed to Beaumont hospital where his condition was described as stable.
The incident took place outside a house at Adare Road in Coolock, Dublin, in the early hours of yesterday morning.
The victim was standing with two other men and two women outside the house when the gunman ran towards them across an area known as the Stardust Memorial Park.
The gunman made his getaway in a car and in a follow-up operation gardai arrested a 24-year-old man and he was taken for questioning to Ballymun garda station. He can be held for 72 hours.
Gardai believe the injured man and the suspect knew each other and were both associates of John 'BJ' Clarke, who was murdered in May last year as he and two friends were driving into an underground car park at an apartment block in Artane. He was hit by six bullets from a semi-automatic pistol.
Another member of the same group was Sean Winters (40), who was gunned down near his apartment home at Station Road, Portmarnock, in north Dublin last Sunday night.
But gardai said they had no evidence to suggest there was any link between the two northside shootings, apart from the fact that the victims knew each other.
Some of the associates had also been questioned by gardai last year after members of the emergency response unit intercepted a car in a housing estate in Celbridge in north Kildare and in a search of nearby wasteground found a Glock handgun, which had been loaded with 14 rounds.
One of the men was wearing a bullet-proof vest and had been the subject of an assassination attempt months earlier after a row with criminals from Coolock and Ballymun.
Gardai were last night trying to establish if the Adare Road shooting was sparked off by a recent incident involving the gunman and the victim or if there were wider implications to the attack.
Officers said there had been no complaint lodged with them about the shooting.
Ballistic officers from the garda technical bureau carried out a detailed examination of the park yesterday.