Sunday 19 November 2017

Man (40) arrested following last night's shooting of man in front of daughter (6)

Gardai investigate a shooting of a man on the Ballyfermot Road in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate a shooting of a man on the Ballyfermot Road in Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Cormac McQuinn, Brian Byrne, and Geraldine Gittens

A man has been arrested following a shooting in Dublin city last night.

A man was shot in front of his terrified six-year-old daughter in the latest gun crime in the capital.

At around 8.40pm yesterday a man in his late 30’s was shot in the leg as he drove his moped on Cleggan Road towards Ballyfermot Road in Dublin.

He was brought to St. James’s Hospital with injuries described as not life threatening.

In a follow-up operation last night a 40 year old man was arrested in the Ballyfermot area in relation to the incident.

He is currently detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Ballyfermot Garda Station.

The scene is preserved for a technical examination.

Cllr Daithi Doolin condemned the attack, describing it as "absolutely unacceptable."

"A man was shot in front of his six year old daughter. This is very very serious.

"His daughter was put at risk, passers-by were pit at risk. This is absolutely unacceptable and there is no excuse for this for this sort of behaviour.

"It has to stop."

"Gardaí must bring every resource to bear to catch those responsible," the Sinn Féin councillor added.

Gardai sealed off the area for technical examination, with a motorbike at the scene covered in black plastic and marked off by crime scene tape.

Officers also combed the walkways in the area with sniffer dogs.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Irish Independent

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