Sunday 15 September 2019

Gardaí investigating 'bizarre shooting' after youth discovered gun in car

Gardaí at the scene of a shooting in Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Gardaí at the scene of a shooting in Ballymun, Dublin. Picture: Gerry Mooney
Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A young man was hospitalised with a leg injury in a bizarre shooting incident on the streets of Athlone.

Gardaí are investigating the circumstances in which the man, in his 20s, was shot on Saturday night.

It is understood a juvenile who discovered a rifle in a parked car, at Retreat Road in the town, at 9.40pm, picked it up and it was discharged - sending a shot up the road where it hit the man who was walking nearby.

The victim, who was not deliberately targeted, received a gunshot wound to the lower leg.

He was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital, in Tullamore, Co Offaly, where he was treated for minor injuries, and has since been released.

The juvenile male who was holding the gun was arrested in relation to the incident, and was detained at Athlone garda station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939. It was the third non-fatal shooting to take place over the weekend, with two entirely separate incidents in the suburbs of Dublin.

A teenager was last night fighting for his life after being shot in the head.

Convicted car thief Scott Purdue (19) was shot in the head in the front garden of a house in Shancastle Park, Clondalkin, Dublin, at around 11pm on Friday.

Gardaí are investigating a number of lines of inquiry in relation to the shooting, including whether it was carried out by associates of jailed Thomas Freeman.

Freeman, from Deansrath Grove, in Clondalkin, is serving a 12-year sentence over a terrifying armed raid on a home in Galway.

It is believed an associate of Freeman recently took issue with Purdue and his friends.

Gardaí are also examining a number of other lines of inquiry.

Purdue was also a friend of Lucan fitness instructor John Gibson, who was shot dead earlier this year.

Separately, a teenager was injured in an unrelated shooting in Ballymun, Dublin, in the early hours of Saturday.

Nathan Brennan received a gunshot wound to the abdomen when a gunman fired shots at a house in Barnwell Drive at around 2.25am.

The teenager was taken to the Mater Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

Irish Independent

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