Friday 24 November 2017

Miraculous escapes in wave of botched hits

John Gilligan
John Gilligan

Ken Foy

THIS was the year of the botched murder hit, with almost a dozen incidents in which gun victims miraculously survived.

The bloody year began with a murder attempt on Luke Wilson (19) at Liffey Gaels GAA Club, Memorial Park, Inchicore, on January 13.

Patrick McCann (20) is serving a 17-year sentence after Mr Justice Paul Carney said the violent incident was "like something from a script for 'Love/ Hate'".

Another victim was Jake Sherman (20), who survived being shot several times as he leaned in through the window of a parked car at Moorefield Avenue, Clondalkin, on the night of March 5.

In August, Gerry O'Neill (33) dramatically ran into Store Street garda station screaming that he had been shot in the head.

Mr O'Neill was sitting in his car near his home in Seville Place when a gunman pumped two shots through his rear window.


And on September 26, in Termonfeckin, Co Louth, convicted drug dealer Paul Collier (42) was lucky to escape with his life when he was blasted three times.

Notorious drug dealer Greg Lynch (28) suffered horrific injuries to his jaw and eye when he was shot outside a Dublin pub on October 13.

Three innocent women were also injured by the gunman in the reckless attack.

The chief suspects for the attempted murder are the drugs gang that organised the murder of Real IRA terror chief Alan Ryan in September of last year.

And in one bizarre incident earlier this month, one of Ireland's most notorious criminals, drugs trafficker John Gilligan survived when a gunman went looking for him in the wrong north Dublin pub.

Elsewhere, Thomas Power (32) and his partner Leanne Daly escaped death after a gunman opened fire outside their home in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on December 8.

Irish Independent

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