Saturday 21 September 2019

Man (54) shot while out walking his dog

The scene on Killala Rd. Cabra
The scene on Killala Rd. Cabra

Conor Feehan and Alan O'Keeffe

A 54-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital after he was shot on Sunday evening in Dublin.

The man was attacked at approximately 7.30pm as he was out walking his dog in the Cabra area.

He received a number of gunshot wounds to his body.

Emergency services attended the scene and the man was brought to the Mater Hospital for treatment.

His condition is described as serious.

At 9.30pm gardai placed a forensic tent over the scene where the victim was gunned down to preserve the evidence until it is inspected by forensic officers.

The man is known to gardai.

Dublin Fire Brigade said it had dispatched an ambulance and fire tender to the scene to treat "a person who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds".

There were no reports of a getaway car being burned out in the vicinity.

Local Labour Councillor Brendan Carr said: “Everyone in this community is in shock after what has happened. This is completely out of context with the local area. People are stunned.

“People feel very disappointed that these kind of attacks are still taking place despite the efforts of the gardai.  If someone is determined enough to commit these crimes it is very hard to stop them.

“I would call on anyone who has any information to contact the gardai immediately.”

Former Dublin Lord Mayor, Cllr Christy Burke, said last night: “Gun violence just breeds violence. Nobody deserves to be shot like that. Any attempt on a human life is unacceptable.

“People are so used to gun crime they may think nobody will be caught for this. Violence breeds misery and more misery.”

Local councillor, Deputy Lord Mayor Cieran Perry, said: “The people of the area are dreading waking up to more newspaper headlines yet again about a gun attack. The location where the shooting happened is a very quiet, really good area.

“The area lacks an acceptable level of policing at night and I believe this has emboldened criminals to carry out such attacks.

“I have made a number of representations to senior gardai about the  number of gardai currently on duty in Cabra station at night which I believe has been operating with the minimum number of officers.”

Gardai in Finglas are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them at Finglas on 01 666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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