A MAN was lucky to escape with his life last night after a gunman singled him out as he walked in a park and shot him in the stomach.
The victim, in his 20s, was in the park near Milltown Bridge Road, Milltown, in south Dublin, about 6.30pm when the shooter struck.
The gunman was understood to have been armed with a small handgun, possibly a .22 calibre pistol. He went up to the man and shot him in the stomach before fleeing.
The injured man succeeded in walking to the nearby Dropping Well pub on the banks of the River Dodder. The alert was raised and an ambulance and gardai went to the area.
One man in the pub said the injured man did not appear to have been seriously injured. He was tended to by paramedics before being taken by ambulance to St Vincent's Hospital. His condition was later said not to be life-threatening.
Gardai arrived quickly on the scene with sniffer dogs and investigating officers were last night trying to establish the exact details leading up to the incident.
Initially there was confusion about what happened, with reports that the victim had been shot by a pellet gun. But it later emerged that a handgun was used.
Gardai sealed off the area for a forensic examination and appealed to any witnesses or anyone with information to contact gardai in Rathmines.