Friday 18 January 2019

Father-of-two (27) 'lucky to be alive' after drive-by gun attack in Bray

Stephen Somers
Stephen Somers

Ken Foy, Conor Feehan and Conor McCrave

A 27-year-old man was lucky to be alive last night after he was shot multiple times in a drive-by gun attack in Bray, Co Wicklow.

Stephen Somers was shot twice in the chest and once in the leg during the shooting, which took place at 8.45pm on the St Laurence’s Terrace estate in the seaside town.

The scene on St Laurence's Terrace in Bray, Co Wicklow
The scene on St Laurence's Terrace in Bray, Co Wicklow

Independent.ie can also reveal that a terrified woman was in the car at the time of the attack and was lucky to escape injury.

Mr Somers was in the passenger seat of the car when a dark coloured Volkswagen Golf pulled up alongside it and a gunman fired at least three shots.

The woman was sitting in the driver seat when the gunman came up to her window and fired across her, hitting Mr Somers.

The car used in the attempted murder had not been located last night.

However, the handgun used in the attack was recovered from the scene.

Mr Somers was being treated in a south Dublin hospital last night.

It’s understood he was able to talk to paramedics as they worked on him at the scene before being rushed to hospital.

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Members of the Gardai at the scene of a shooting in St Laurence's Terrace Bray Co.Wicklow
Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Members of the Gardai at the scene of a shooting in St Laurence's Terrace Bray Co.Wicklow Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

St Laurence's Terrace in Bray remained sealed off this morning as the investigation into the shooting continued.

The street is a quiet cul de sac that was previously the scene of the fatal fire that claimed the lives of firemen Brian Murray and Mark O'Shaughnessy in 2007.

A line of Gardai filed across the road and walked the length of it searching for evidence that might help trace the gunmen.

They lifted drain covers and traffic cones, and also used metal detectors, and searched gardens along the road as well in the detailed fingertip search.

Herald

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