Friday 20 April 2018

Man fights for life after being shot in front of son


A 38-year-old Lithuanian man was still seriously ill in hospital last night after being shot in the face and chest by a gang gardai believe have been trying to muscle in on the second-hand clothes trade here.

It is the second shooting gardai believe to be associated with the trade.

Last year, another Lithuanian man was shot in the Artane area of Dublin by a gang trying to force them out of business.

The latest victim, Virgis Aleksiunas, was leaving his house in Aiken's Village, Sandyford, Dublin, on Friday morning to drive his 17-year-old son to school when his car was blocked by a silver Ford Mondeo.

One man got out and shot Mr Aleksiunas with a handgun at close range while he was still at the wheel of his black Mercedes.

Mr Aleksiunas' son, who was coming out of the house, tackled the gunman and another man who is believed to have been holding a shotgun.

The gunmen ran off, abandoning their car.

Later on Friday gardai arrested a Lithuanian national in west Dublin. He can be held for seven days without charge and was still being questioned last night.

Gardai appealed for information from anyone who might have seen two men running from Aiken's Village, possibly in the direction of Sandyford Hall towards Kilgobbin Road or Murphystown Road between 8.30am and 9am on Friday.

A neighbour said he heard the shot and found Mr Aleksiunas' son cradling his father in his arms and trying to keep him alert.

Mal Numann said: "The father was in the young man's arms and he was trying to keep him alert.

"I could see that there was blood coming out of the father's mouth. Everyone there was hysterical."

It is understood the victim had a business collecting second-hand clothes, leaving bin liners at front doors for clothes that would otherwise go to clothes banks.

Sunday Independent

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