Sunday 18 March 2018

Gardaí investigating after masked youths shot elderly woman with a pellet gun

Halloween masks stock image. Photo: Getty
Halloween masks stock image. Photo: Getty
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A gang of youths wearing Halloween masks allegedly shot an elderly woman with a pellet gun in her Limerick home.

The woman, aged in her late 70s, was reportedly shot in both her chest and shoulder when she went to her front door on Saturday night at around 7.15pm.

It is understood that she did not suffer any injuries.

However, she has been left “very shaken” by the incident.

Local Sinn Fein Councillor John Costelloe says anti-social behaviour like this is far too common on the north side of Limerick.

“It is terrible what is going on. They think they are invincible because of their age and nothing can be done with them. The lady is too afraid to go public because she is worried they’ll call back to her house,” he told

“I don’t know what is going on in their heads – it’s awful. Imagine if they had hit her in the eye, it could have been far more serious.”

Mr Costelloe said he is liaising with gardaí in the area to try and address the issue.

“I have a meeting organised with the Chief Superintendent. It is difficult for the gardaí because they are so under-resourced, but you can’t have a gang of young lad going around the area firing pellets at vulnerable people.

“This lady lives alone and she was visibly shook when I called to her home.”

A garda spokesperson confirmed they are currently investigating the incident.

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