Saturday 20 January 2018

Boy (6) was at home with his great-grandmother (77) when she was shot, garda probe underway

Gardai remove evidence at the scene of the shooting of an elderly woman at Oliver Plunkett Avenue, Monkstown, Dublin this afternoon.Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai remove evidence at the scene of the shooting of an elderly woman at Oliver Plunkett Avenue, Monkstown, Dublin this afternoon.Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
A Bullet hole in the front door of a house at the scene of the shooting of an elderly woman at Oliver Plunkett Avenue, Monkstown, Dublin this afternoon. Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Cathal McMahon and Ken Foy

A garda investigation has been launched after an elderly woman was shot in South Dublin overnight.

The incident took place at her home on Oliver Plunkett Avenue, Monkstown at approximately 11pm.

A lone gunman fired several shots at the door and the one of them injured the elderly woman in the leg.

She was removed by ambulance to hospital where she is being treated for her injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

Detectives do not believe she was the intended target of the attack.

Bullet holes were visible at the entrance to the house this afternoon.

Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald, who is leading the investigation, said this evening "a full technical examination of the scene has just been conducted and we will follow all lines of inquiry to detect this very, very, callous attack".

Gardaí in Dun Laoghaire have launched an investigation. No arrests have been made.

"Shortly after 11pm last night the lone gun man presented [himself] at this house and after banging on the door [it was] responded to by the grandmother of the family home – a 77 year old woman.

"Upon opening the door she was met by this lone gunman who discharged a number of shots into the house," he said at a press conference this evening.

"One of those shots injured the 77 year old female in the lower left leg. After which, the lone gunman made his way out of this cul de sac on foot. We have no further information about which direction he took or how his departure was facilitated.

"The members of An Garda Siochana from Dun Laoghaire arrived at the scene shortly after receiving the call from the communications centre. The ambulance brought the 77 year old woman to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment," he added.

Gardai have appealed for information from people in the local area.

The culprit who did not speak has been described as: a male in dark clothing, who is 5ft 7 and 5ft 10. His age is not known.

"Following our forensic examination at the scene we believe it was a handgun that was used. I have no doubt that this house itself was a target for this direct attack.

"The house is occupied by the grandmother of the family. Residing here with here are her two grandsons. They’re adult grandchildren and one was present at the time. Also in the house was a six-year-old great grandson.

"The lone gun man left the scene exiting out of the cul de sac. Beyond that we don’t know how he came in or how he made his escape," Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald.

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