Drogheda feud: Gardai investigating two petrol bomb attacks hours after gang leader shot in town
Gardaí are investigating two petrol bomb attacks in the Moneymore estate in Drogheda last night as being connected to a violent feud in the town.
In one of the houses a couple and their two young children had to run from the flames after someone poured petrol into the house and ignited it.
The second house was vacant at the time of the attack, but was totally gutted by the resulting fire.
The incidents happened between 11.40pm and 11.50pm.
Its roof collapsed, and neighbours had to smash the windows in a car in the driveway to move it because there were concerns it might catch fire and explode.
The houses were targeted just 10 minutes apart and only hours after a man was shot and injured in the town.
A 24-year-old was recovering in hospital last night after being injured in the chin and shoulder after being shot twice.
The shooting happened at around 7.50pm in the Termon Abbey area of north Drogheda, Co Louth. Gardaí are attempting to establish how many people were involved.
Two cars were seen driving away from the scene, a Grey Peugeot 407 07C2620 and a Grey Honda Accord 05D13539.
At around 8.10pm a car, Grey Honda Accord, was reported on fire at Carstown railway bridge, Carstown, Termonfeckin.
At around 8.35pm a car, Grey Peugeot 407, was reported on fire at Starinagh, Collon.
Detectives were last night satisfied that the shooting was directly linked to the feud, which has seen around 80 violent incidents in the past year.
Gardai believe a number of shots were fired at the victim as he sat in his car.
Two bullets struck the man while other rounds went into his car. He was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital with what are described as non-life threatening injuries.
The victim, who cannot be named as he is facing serious feud-related charges, is believed to be the leader of the gang that is feuding with associates of Owen Maguire.
The victim of last night's shooting was also targeted in a gun attack near Donaghmede Shopping Centre last month when a number of shots were fired at him.
The 24-year-old is suspected of leading a gang of more than 30 associates, including women and teenagers.
They operate across Meath and Dublin with their stronghold being in Drogheda, Co Louth.
The man lives in a number of different properties across Drogheda due to the threat on his life.
He is suspected of directing his gang to carry out gun attacks on the Maguire faction, which has led to three murder attempts.
On July 5, a gunman fired multiple shots at Maguire, who has been left paralysed and was hospitalised for more than nine months. He was only discharged in recent weeks.
Gardai believe Maguire oversees a mob of at least 20 close associates while also having close connections to recently released mob boss Cornelius Price.
Owen Maguire's brother, Brendan, also survived multiple gunshot wounds after being targeted at the M1 Retail Park in February.
The gang violence has led to the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) being deployed to the town, while 25 new garda recruits have also been assigned to Drogheda.
Superintendent Andrew Watters, Drogheda Garda Station is making the following appeal for witnesses to contact gardaí at Drogheda garda station 041 9874200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any garda station:
- Any persons in the Elmwood Close, Termon Abbey area between 7.00pm and 8.00pm or any person driving in the same area and who may have dash cam footage to contact us.
- Any person in the Carstown railway bridge, Carstown, Termonfeckin area between 8.00pm – 8.30pm or any person driving in that area or on local roads between Termon Abbey, Drogheda and Carstown who may have dashcam footage to contact us.
- Anyone in the Starinagh, Collon area between 8.00pm and 8.45pm or any person driving in that area or on local roads between Termon Abbey, Drogheda and Starinagh who may have dashcam footage to contact us.
- Any information on the whereabouts of both the Grey Peugeot 407 07C2620 and a Grey Honda Accord 05D13539 in the days prior to the 20 June 2019 to contact us.
- Anyone in the Moneymore area of Drogheda between 11.15pm and 12 midnight.