Monday 23 October 2017

Brothers suffer identical gun injuries a night apart

North Strand Fire Station
North Strand Fire Station

Cormac McQuinn and Ken Foy

TWO brothers hobbled into a Dublin fire station after suffering shootings on consecutive nights.

Detectives are trying to find a motive behind the attacks on the two men from the Coolock area.

Both men went to the North Strand Fire Station, one on Friday and the other on Saturday, begging for help after suffering gunshot wounds to their legs.

In both cases a tourniquet had been applied to their legs to stem the bleeding, and sources say both men were shot through the calf.

A source said: "This is a very unusual case. It is thought that these were attacks but the brothers are refusing to help gardai with their investigations.

"Both claim they were shot on the southside of the city but officers are unsure."

Although the involvement of dissidents has not been ruled out by investigators, they do not believe that this is the case.

The older brother, aged 32, arrived at the fire station around 10.15pm on Friday night.

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"He was hopping, roaring in pain and agony.

"He was shot through the calf. The bullet was straight through, in and out," said a source.

"They (fire fighters and paramedics) helped him in, put him lying on the ground and put his leg up and followed their procedures."

The man was later brought to the Mater Hospital.

Then on Saturday night, emergency crews reported a second, almost identical series of events.

A 23-year-old sought help at the same station at 8:50pm.

"Both men had tourniquets on their legs to stop the bleeding," noted a source.

The incidents are being investigated by gardai at Mountjoy.

He said that their injuries were "consistent with a gun shot" and "are not believed to be life-threatening".

The spokesman said that garda inquiries were ongoing.

He appealed to anyone with information to call Mountjoy garda station on 01 666 8600, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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