Friday 22 November 2019

Man shot twice was wearing bulletproof vest

Tom Brady, Louise Hogan and Allison Bray

A MAN was shot in the arm and leg in an attack near his home in west Dublin.

The 25-year-old, named locally as Jason Kirwan, managed to walk to his house at Palmerstown and called the gardai. It is believed he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

He was taken to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown, where his condition was said to be "not life threatening".

The shooting happened at around 6.30pm, but details remain sketchy as gardai have yet to speak to the victim about the attack.

He lives in a rented house at the end of a quiet cul de sac in Palmerstown Park.

One local woman said: "We saw the gardai and the ambulance coming and they took him off on a stretcher.

"I don't know him. All we know is he rents a house. There were a lot of young people living in it."

Dublin Mid-West TD Derek Keating said locals were deeply concerned by the shooting. "I received a number of calls this evening from residents who are shocked at this event," he said.

"It is an area that I know very well, a quiet and established residential area.

"It is particularly quiet with very little passing traffic, so the people I spoke to were very shocked at this development."

The shooting was the latest incident in a weekend of violence in Dublin.

A young off-duty garda was slashed in the face and suffered a punctured lung when two intruders broke into his house in Tallaght.

Two men were also seriously assaulted in separate incidents in the city centre.

Yesterday's shooting comes less than a week after career criminal Eamon Kelly (65) was shot dead as he walked near his home in Furry Park Road in Killester.

Kelly's death followed a spate of gang-related shootings over the past few months following the fatal shooting of Real IRA member Alan Ryan (32), who was killed as he walked along Grange Lodge Avenue in Clongriffin in September.

Irish Independent

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