Monday 22 January 2018

‘He’s stable and we’re hopeful’ – Shooting victim Sean (6) ‘largely conscious’ in hospital

Gardai on patrol at the scene of the shooting in the Dublin suburb of Ballyfermot.
Gardai on patrol at the scene of the shooting in the Dublin suburb of Ballyfermot.
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

SHOOTING victim Sean Scully (6) remains ‘largely conscious’ hospital, a local priest has said.

The schoolboy was the innocent victim of a shooting in Ballyfermot on Friday evening.

The quick thinking actions of a passerby are credited with saving the child’s life after  pressure was applied to his wound.

Fr Gerry O’Connor this morning told Newstalk Breakfast this morning that the family remain by his bedside night and day, and are ‘hopeful’ Sean will recover.

“He remains in Crumlin, he’s surrounded by a really good medical team, he’s stable and we just have to wait and see.

“The doctors are very attentive and they are monitoring Sean’s progress, he’s stable and we’re hopeful

“The family are living on adrenaline in many respects, because they’re pouring out all their love and attention on Sean”

Fr O’Connor also said that the local community is stunned by the event.

“They’re stunned by what happened. Something like this happened out of the blue and it stuns your very fibre.

“The community is with them 100pc with prayer and support and friendship.

He also pleaded with the perpetrator to turn themselves in.

“No one sets out to do this, but they find themselves in a sector with a total disregard for human life

“Please give yourself in to the gardai. Take that step. The community are incensed by what has happened and that’s what they want you to do.

“From that might come some healing and hope.”

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