Thursday 14 December 2017

Man shot in the head 'has no gangland links'

Tom Brady Security Editor

A man was seriously ill in hospital last night after he was shot in the head while sitting in his car in a housing estate.

Last night, gardai were trying to establish a motive for the gun attack.

The victim has been named locally as Richard Corrigan (25), of Brayton Park, Kilcock, in north Kildare.

Although he was hit in the head, his injuries are understood to be non-life threatening.

Gardai said Mr Corrigan had no links to criminal gangs and they were carrying out inquiries to find out if he had been involved in any incident in the past, which might have been linked to the attack.

Mr Corrigan, who lives with his mother in the Brayton estate, was about to drive away from the house shortly before noon yesterday when his exit was blocked by a car.

A second car drove towards him at speed and a man jumped out and pointed a handgun at him. A number of shots were fired and Mr Corrigan was struck in the head.

The two cars sped from the scene and shortly afterwards a dark-coloured vehicle, suspected to have been used to block the exit, was found burnt out at Courtown Wood, Kilcock, about a kilometre from the attack.

The gang headed towards the M4 in a grey-coloured car but were forced to abandon it at the Celbridge interchange when they were stopped at a garda checkpoint. The gunmen then made their escape on foot. The two vehicles were taken away for forensic examination.

The victim, meanwhile, was rushed to Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was undergoing treatment last night.

Mr Corrigan is originally from west Dublin but has been living in Kilcock for some time.

The shooting is being investigated by gardai at Leixlip station and they have appealed to anybody with information to contact them on 01 6667800 or to phone the confidential line, 1800 666111.

They are anxious to hear from anyone who was in the Brayton Park area between 11.45am and noon, or shortly afterwards at Courtown Wood or the M4 Celbridge interchange.

Irish Independent

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