A 40-YEAR-OLD man was shot in the knee during a late night armed robbery at a border petrol station owned by Morgan Fuels.
The terrifying incident happened at the station, pictured, at Carrickarnon on Monday, around 10.45pm when three men, one armed with what appeared to be a sawn-off shotgun, burst into a prefab office at the entrance to the site.
The raiders, all of whom were masked, demanded money and keys to a car that was parked in the forecourt. A small amount of cash, in euro and sterling was taken.
Gardai said the man carrying the shotgun fired a single round into the knee of a 40-year-old man, believed to originally be from Eastern Europe, before the trio fled the scene in a 99 LH-registered silver Peugeot 406 that they stole from the station.
The car was found hours later abandoned at a motorway flyover bridge on the M1, southbound.
The shooting victim was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where his injuries were described yesterday (Tuesday) as 'not life threatening'.
Gardai spent yesterday forensically examining the scenes at Carrickarnon and the stolen car and have started scouring CCTV footage from along the border and motorway in an effort to identify the robbers.
A Garda source said: ' This was a terrifying and violent robbery where a man was shot in the knee and during which a very small amount of cash was taken. We are appealing to anyone with information to contact Dundalk Garda station on 042 9335577 or Dromad station at 042 9371301 or the confidential line on 1800 666 111'.
Descriptions of the masked men were sketchy yesterday. Two of them were around 5ft 7'' in height and all three were aged between 19 and 23 years. One wore a black jacket, one had a blue jacket and the third wore a navy one.