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Thursday 18 January 2018

Man is shot twice in late-night gun attack

Gardaí at the scene where a man was shot near Balbutcher Road, Ballymun. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gardaí at the scene where a man was shot near Balbutcher Road, Ballymun. Photo: Arthur Carron

Alan O'Keeffe

A man was rushed to hospital late last night after he was shot twice in north Dublin.

Five shots were fired in the latest attack as gun violence continues to escalate.

Emergency services were called to the scene at Balcurris Park West in Ballymun after the victim was targeted shortly before 11pm.

Ambulance

Three units, including an ambulance, an advanced paramedic and a fire crew rushed to the scene.

It is believed five shots were fired at the victim.

The man was hit twice, with one bullet striking him in the leg and the other grazing his head.

Gardaí are investigating if the shooting was connected to a local dispute.

The man was treated for his injuries at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

Residents of Balcurris Park West spoke of their shock and horror last night after a man was shot on their road.

"I was at home when I heard five shots," said a 45-year-old mother of three.

"I knew it wasn't fireworks. It sounded like a gun. Then I heard the sound of a car speeding away".

She said she went outside and saw people gathering together just a few doors away where the shooting happened.

Another woman said "The car was going at high speed. Like the sound of a cop car chasing somebody. Then it hit the speed ramp and there was a big bang."

"We went out and saw everybody coming out into their gardens and the fire brigade and the police came," she said.

Blue lights

Shortly before 11.30pm, an ambulance drove away from the area with its blue lights on, followed closely by an unmarked car with blue lights flashing.

Last night's shooting is just the latest gun attack in the capital.

Noel 'Duck Egg' Kirwan was murdered in west Dublin on December 22, in a killing linked to the bloody Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud.

His funeral earlier this month on Sean McDermott Street in the north inner city heard pleas for an end to violence by a female mourner.

"We pray to our Lord that this is the end to this violence that has devastated so many families," she said.

Irish Independent

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