Man shot multiple times in attack linked to Drogheda feud
A 24-year-old man has been shot a number of times in Drogheda this evening as part of the ongoing feud in the area.
The victim, who is from Drogheda, suffered a number of gun shot wounds in the targeted attack near Termon Abbey in the northern area of the Louth town.
Gardai were alerted to the scene after 8pm and the victim was rushed by ambulance to the nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital.
He was struck in the chin and shoulder, and his injuries have been described as non-life threatening.
A garda manhunt for the suspects is underway and a helicopter from the Garda Air Support Unit has been deployed to the area this evening.
At this stage gardai are satisfied that the shooting is linked to the ongoing feud in the town which has seen around 80 violent incidents carried out by the two gangs.
The victim is well-known to gardai and is suspected of being a leading figure in the gang feud.
He was the suspected target of a separate shooting incident near Donaghmede Shopping Centre last month in which he escaped injury.
This evening’s shooting follows three attempted murders linked to the dispute, the latest being carried out in April.
Other attempts on the lives of two brothers in February and July last year led to an escalation in feuding between the two criminal gangs.
Garda intelligence has linked over 50 people to the violence which has been ongoing for over a year.
The outbreak of violence led to the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) being deployed across Drogheda.
Garda management have also allocated 25 new garda recruits, who have recently graduated from the Garda Training College, Templemore, to the area.
A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí in Drogheda are at the scene of an apparent shooting incident of a male in his 20s that occurred at approximately 8.20pm today 20th June 2019 in the area of North Drogheda.
“The man has been taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital where his injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.
“Investigations are ongoing and there will be no further comment at this time.”
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