Wednesday 24 January 2018

Gangland feud reignites as man shot near airport

Shane Phelan and Louise Hogan

A MAN was rushed to hospital after being shot by a gunman in a hockey mask as a result of a gangland feud boiling over again.

The injured man, who was being treated at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin last night, is in his 40s and is awaiting trial on larceny charges.

The victim was sitting in a parked car in a lay-by close to Dublin Airport when a dark coloured saloon-type car pulled in and a gunman got out of the passenger side.

The gunman opened fire, hitting him in the arm, before fleeing in another vehicle.

The gunman is described as being 5' 10'' to 5' 11'' in height and was wearing a high visibility jacket and an ice-hockey-type mask or visor.

A second man sitting in the passenger seat of the car, a Volkswagen Bora, escaped unhurt.

Gardai said yesterday they did not believe the injuries were life-threatening.

The shooting, which occurred around 1pm on the Naul Road, is believed to be linked to a long-running feud between a group led by jailed crime boss Christy Griffin and a rival faction.

The shooting victim was an associate of Aiden Byrne, who died in February after being shot 10 times as he sat in a car at Drumalee Avenue, off the North Circular Road in Dublin.

The latest shooting happened at a busy truck stop, which is also currently being used for the sale of Christmas trees.

One man who was nearby told the Irish Independent he heard a number of shots being fired.

An ambulance was on the scene, located just at the rear fence of Dublin Airport, within 10 minutes.

Officers later removed the victim's car and took it away for forensic examination.

The scene was sealed off with garda crime scene tape last night. Shards of broken window glass marked the spot where the shooting occurred.

Irish Independent

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