Man in a serious condition after being shot outside his own home
A man in his 30s is recovering in hospital after being shot up to six times during a gun attack in west Dublin.
The victim, named locally as Charlie Cooper, was targeted near his home in Parslickstown Drive, Mulhuddart, west Dublin.
It is believed a gunman approached Mr Cooper as he walked outside of his home before discharging a number of shots.
He then chased the victim across a road into a nearby garden before firing several more shots.
The incident occurred shortly after 8.20pm last night and the man was treated by paramedics from Dublin Fire Brigade.
It is understood that Mr Cooper responded to medical staff when being initially treated before he was transferred to James Connolly Memorial Hospital.
He was last night being treated for several gunshot wounds and remains in a serious but stable condition.
Officers from Blanchardstown Garda Station are investigating the shooting which is being treated as an attempted murder. No arrests have yet been made and gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to the shooting to contact them.
A large crowd gathered at the scene as garda forensic officers carried out a technical examination of the area.
Detective gardaí also carried out door-to-door inquiries last night at a number of homes on the street.
An eye witness told the Irish Independent: "The man that was hit was shot outside the house first, and then ran across the road before getting shot another few times. There were six shots in total.
"One of the gunmen then jumped into a car and they hung around for a bit before driving off."
The victim was not believed to be involved in crime and gardaí were attempting to determine a motive for the shooting.
One theory being looked at was that the incident was linked to a violent attack last year during which an associate of Mr Cooper was stabbed a number of times.
The assault, in October, 2015 was carried out by two known criminals from the area.