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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Shotgun fired and two hurt as rival gangs clash on street

David Tucker

Published 13/05/2014 | 05:38

THREE people were arrested in the Bridgetown area last Wednesday following an incident in Rathangan in which a shotgun was fired.

THREE people were arrested in the Bridgetown area last Wednesday following an incident in Rathangan in which a shotgun was fired.

Two people were injured in the clash between two groups of youths, one of which came from New Ross, although it isn't clear how they were hurt.

Chief Superintendent John Roche described the shooting incident as 'a sinister development'.

One of the young men involved was seen in the village with blood streaming from what appeared to be a wound following the incident.

A garda spokesman said he could not confirm that one of the men had shotgun wounds, although he said that the two were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries.

He said the three were arrested during a swoop on several addresses by local uniformed officers and detectives, assisted by armed members of the Regional Support Unit.

'There was an incident. A car pulled up and shots were fired,' said the spokesman.

The three suspects were released later in the week and a number of searches were carried out 'in the local rea' in which a shotgun was recovered.

A file is now being sent to the DPP.

The garda spokesman said the incident was still being investigated and he was not in a position to comment on what had prompted the clash.

He said, however, that the clash between the gangs followed several incidents in the area recently, but said he was not in a position to elaborate on them.

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