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Masked gunman shoots man and woman in gangland attack

Two people - one of them a woman - were shot last night in west Dublin in what gardaí believe was the latest gangland attack.

The couple, who are both in their 20s, were ambushed at a house in Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin at around 9.26pm last night.

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Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

 Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

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Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

A lone gunman fired a number of shots when he approached the couple, shortly after they arrived at the house.

It was unclear last night as to whether the attack took place inside the house or outside. It was initially reported that the woman was pregnant, but Independent.ie understands that this is not the case.

The man was hit at least once in the abdomen and the woman was shot in the arm. Their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

The Dublin Fire Brigade was notified in a 999 call that a pregnant woman and her partner had been shot. A spokesperson for Dublin Fire Brigade said the two injured people were conscious when the emergency services arrived on the scene.

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Gardai at the scene at Grange View Lawn, Dublin, last night. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Gardai at the scene at Grange View Lawn, Dublin, last night. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

Gardai investigate the non fatal shooting of a man and a pregnant woman at Grange View Lawns in Clondalkin

Gardai at the scene at Grange View Lawn, Dublin, last night. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Gardai at the scene at Grange View Lawn, Dublin, last night. Photo: Caroline Quinn

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Gardai at the scene at Grange View Lawn, Dublin, last night. Photo: Caroline Quinn

Tallaght Hospital was put on standby and they were treated for the injuries. The spokesman said that their injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

Sources said that the injured man, who is originally from Ballyfermot, was recently warned by gardaí that his life was in danger.

He is believed to have been the masked gunman's intended target. It is understood that the gun used in the attack was a small calibre, possibly a .22 pistol, which resulted in less serious injuries.

Gardaí sealed off the area and detectives were searching for a motorbike which left the scene after the shooting.

Other reports suggested that the gunman had used a pedal cycle, but this was also unconfirmed.

A 20-year-old local man told the Irish Independent: "When I arrived there were three ambulances and a fire engine with their lights flashing.

"There were six garda cars full of armed detectives. I saw a woman being taken out of a house and being put into an ambulance. I heard her telling a garda, 'I only opened the door,'" he said.

"I was told there was a fella inside, he had been shot and they were still working on him. She had her right arm in a sling."

A 42-year-old resident said: "I couldn't believe it, the guards were all over the place. They were armed and I saw they were wearing those vests. There must have been seven squad cars."

A local woman spoke of her shock at the scene: "I'm absolutely shocked. I've been living here for four years but nothing like this has ever happened. I hope they get whoever did it."

Irish Independent