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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Victim drove to garda station then collapsed after church shooting

Cormac Murphy, Ken Foy and Joanna Kiernan

Published 27/03/2014|02:30

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The silver Mini Cooper car left outside the garda station in Clondalkin village after last night’s shooting.

A SHOOTING victim managed to drive to a garda station before collapsing from his injuries.

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Michael Frazer (34) suffered serious wounds in the attempted hit in a church car park on Bawnogue Road in Clondalkin, west Dublin.

It is understood he sustained upper body injuries, but is expected to survive the attack.

Mr Frazer managed to drive away from the scene of the shooting and make it as far as Clondalkin garda station.

He entered the public office of the station at about 6.15pm yesterday and collapsed. Gardai were rendering first aid when paramedics arrived.

The victim lost consciousness and was transferred to Tallaght Hospital where he was treated.

Last night, a silver Mini Cooper could be seen parked on the footpath inside the garda cordon at Clondalkin garda station.

Mr Frazer, a car dealer from Drimnagh, now lives in the Dolphin House flats complex in the south inner city. His previous home was shot at on a number of occasions.

In June 2008, a fragmentation grenade was thrown through the front door of the Drimnagh house where it exploded, showering shrapnel and causing a fire.

Mr Frazier had been parked in the Church of the Transfiguration car park on Bawnogue Road yesterday.

At about 6pm, as many parents were arriving at a nearby creche to collect their children, another car pulled in.

A man "dressed in black" emerged from the second car and opened fire on Mr Frazer, a local source said.

"There was a car parked in the car park here of the church. There is a creche across the road and a lot of the parents park in the church," he told the Irish Independent.

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"A car drove up and a fella got out, all dressed in black, and started shooting. There were multiple rounds shot and then the fella in the car who was shot managed to speed away.

"Clondalkin garda station is about a five-minute drive from here.

"He managed to drive himself down to Clondalkin garda station," he said.

"There would have been a fair amount of families and kids here (on Bawnogue Road) because you have the creche there. Right behind are two large council estates," he said.

The church is across the road from the Bawnogue community centre and the Bawnogue Enterprise Centre.

Eoin O Broin, a local Sinn Fein politician, said: "This is the second shooting in the Clondalkin/Lucan area in two weeks. This is a very built-up area, a lot of families, a lot of children.

"This is absolutely outrageous. Whatever the motivation behind the shooting, there is no justification for it whatsoever.

"I understand the individual isn't critical, but we could have had one or more fatalities here.

"Whoever is involved in this kind of activity needs to stop," he added.

Irish Independent

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