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Gardai find car they believe was used in gun attack on father

GARDAI have recovered a burnt-out car that they believe was used by two gunmen who shot a father of four at his house and left him critically injured.

Victim Patrick Sullivan, pictured, continued to fight for his life as gardai tried to establish a motive for the shooting of the well-respected family man.

The car, a black Ford Mondeo with a Northern registration plate, was discovered at the 12th Lock on the Grand Canal, near Lucan, in west Dublin.

As the gunmen fled the scene they were spotted in a car of that description as they drove off along the Neilstown Road.

The car was undergoing a detailed technical examination to find clues as to the identity of the gunmen.

Mr Sullivan (52) remained in a critical but stable condition last night, after he was gunned down at his home in Rowlagh Park, Clondalkin, west Dublin, on Saturday evening.

Gardai said last night that they were pursuing a number of lines of inquiry but did not know at this stage why he had been singled out.

His distraught family were too upset to talk but confirmed that Mr Sullivan, affectionately known as "Padser", remained in a stable condition at Tallaght Hospital after he was shot in the neck and lower face by two thugs when his wife Bernadette answered the door.

The daylight shooting in the quiet cul-de-sac has left everyone in the area baffled.

Irish Independent