Family hopes Sean (6) will walk again after botched shooting
A SCHOOLBOY shot by accident last month is facing a long period in a wheelchair, but his family hope he will walk again.
Six-year-old Sean Scully was shot while playing with friends on a green near his house in Croftwood Gardens, Ballyfermot, west Dublin, on June 13. The gunman, who was attempting to shoot someone else in the vicinity, went on the run following the shooting.
The little boy's mother, Gillian Scully, has revealed Sean suffered spinal injuries in the shooting, but was lucky that his spinal cord was only bruised by the bullet – not severed.
"He still has no movement. We're just trying to keep him pain-free, here in the hospital," Ms Scully said yesterday.
Speaking to Joe Duffy on RTE radio's 'Liveline', Ms Scully said the family had returned from Thunder Road Cafe, where they were celebrating his older bother Shane's birthday, on the night of the shooting.
They took the bus home before Sean asked if he could play football with his friends.
"We had only got off the bus at 10 o'clock. When we walked over, a few of the kids were playing out, so Sean played for a minute.
"I went in, the door was open and within five minutes, it happened. We heard a bang, but as you probably know up there, there has been a lot of stolen cars and that, so we thought it was a car.
"We ran out and the kids were running in. They were just screaming, it was bedlam," Ms Scully said. "Sean was on the ground, he was awake, he was asking 'help me up, help me up'."
The gardai and ambulance arrived quickly and Ms Scully praised their work.
The family are hoping Sean will be able to take a few steps and will have a future, but she has been told he will never be back to normal.
To date, just one person has been arrested in connection with the incident. However, that was in relation to withholding information from gardai.
Gillian has quit her part-time job to look after Sean full time. Her husband, Karl, has only just gone back to work after the accident.