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Bodybuilder wounded in shooting

A PRIZE-WINNING bodybuilder was seriously wounded in a savage shooting in west Dublin last night.

The victim, who is aged 30 and from Clonsilla, was hit several times in the upper body and rushed by ambulance to James Connolly Memorial hospital in Blanchardstown.

He has been named locally as Sean Enright, who is originally from the Cabra area but has been living in Clonsilla for some time. The attack took place outside his girl friend's home at Rusheeny Manor, Rusheeny Village in Clonsilla shortly after 9pm.

Mr Enight arrived outside the house in a black Golf car. He had stepped out of the car when the gunman ran up to him, opened fire with a handgun, and made his getaway. Officers said the gunman fired at least five shots.

A man who was visiting a neighbour said he was just about to go outside for a cigarette when he heard the sound of gunshots. "I first thought it was kids playing. I heard about four or five shots and I saw a car drive off very fast."

The man told how he saw the victim of the shooting walk over to an ambulance and get into it.

Gardai believe the shooting may have been carried out by a gang involved in extortion in the capital.

The same gang is suspected of being involved in a number of "tiger" kidnappings in the past couple of years.

Paramedics gave emergency treatment to the victim on his way to the hospital. He was later stated to be in a serious condition in hospital and underwent surgery for gunshot wounds to his chest and upper body.

Initial garda reports indicated that at least five shots were fired by the gunman. Gardai believe the gunman was driven from the scene by an accomplice. Mr Enright is a national champion bodybuilder and was involved in establishing a gym in north Dublin.

Irish Independent