Man seriously injured after being shot multiple times in 'gangland attack'
A MAN has been seriously injured after he was shot a number of times while in a car outside a Meath home.
The victim was shot in the driveway of a house in Mill Close, Stamullen, Co Meath this evening at around 7pm
A lone male entered the driveway of the house and fired a number of shots injuring the male driver of a car.
The injured man was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda and his condition is unknown at this stage.
A 34-year-old man who was in a house near the scene said "I heard four or five shots. The shots were in very quick succession."
He said gardai were very quick getting to the scene of the shooting.
"The ambulance was there. I saw the man being taken away on a stretcher.
"He was lying on his side on the stretcher and he was grimacing.
"I didn't see any blood."
He went on to say: "The garda Emergency Response Unit was here in their full gear and guns."
"People were standing around. Everyone was very shocked.
"It's not something you see every day," he said
There was local outrage that the lives of local children could have been put in danger by the fusillade of bullets.
A local mother grabbed her little child and carried the child into her home moments after the shooting.
"The children usually play with a little goalposts right at the spot where it happened," said a 47-year-old local man.
"It was very lucky that the children weren't there this evening," he said.
A 77-year-old woman said "A woman ran and grabbed her child off the street after it happened.
"The chap who was shot was lying on the ground.
"It's an absolute miracle that no children were hurt. Those people have no regard for the likes of children or anyone," she said.
Local people said it was "a very good area" and nothing like this had happened in the past.
A full investigation has commenced and an incident room has been established at Drogheda Garda Station.
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, particularly those people who were in the area prior to the incident and immediately after the shooting and who may have information or who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious to contact them at Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200 The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.