Saturday 21 April 2018

Gardai remain at the scene after shooting near National Stadium

General view of Gardai cordon on South Circular road, scene of last night's shooting outside National Stadium. South Circular Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai cordon on South Circular road, scene of last night's shooting outside National Stadium. South Circular Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

There was a large garda presence outside the National Stadium today as gardai continued to investigate last night's shooting incident outside the boxing arena.

An innocent student was shot and another man injured as gang violence erupted outside a youth boxing event.

Gardai are treating the incident as attempted murder.

Families scrambled for cover as gunshots rang out just yards away from the National Stadium, where an under-18s tournament was being held.

General view of Gardai cordon on South Circular road, scene of last nights shooting outside National Stadium. South Circular Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai cordon on South Circular road, scene of last nights shooting outside National Stadium. South Circular Road, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

A car pulled up and two men – one wearing a ski mask and the other a balaclava – jumped out of the vehicle and opened fire on their target.

One of the men injured in the incident was believed to have been singled out because of an association with members of the Hutch family.

General view of Gardai cordon at Leonard's corner on South Circular road, close to the scene of last night's shooting outside the National Stadium in Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn
General view of Gardai cordon at Leonard's corner on South Circular road, close to the scene of last night's shooting outside the National Stadium in Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

However, the other is understood to be an innocent American student, who got caught in the gunfire, which happened a stone’s throw from Griffith College on the South Circular Road.

One of the victims was hit in the foot and the second in the arm.

One was rushed to nearby St James’s Hospital while the other was treated at the scene.

Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Gardai have confirmed to Independent.ie that the incident is being treated as attempted murder.

The underage boxing tournament is due to continue today and weigh-ins for the bouts took place this morning.

The attack happened at 9.45pm outside the National Stadium where a member of the Hutch family, who has no connection to crime, was due to fight today.

Art O’Brien, secretary of the IABA, was on stage inside the stadium at the time of the shooting.

He said: “Some people were panicking and running, people ran from one side of the stage to the other.

“We calmed the kids down then after that, and put the event off until tomorrow.

“It was nothing to do with the boxing and nothing to do with anyone in the ring.”

Another man said: “I thought they were firecrackers at first. I later heard that the man was being shot at as he ran down the street.”

The intended target is a career criminal in his mid-40s who has multiple previous convictions, including for armed robbery and drug offences.

Shortly after the shooting, gardaí found a Mercedes car burnt out at Dunsink in Finglas and a Lexus burnt out at Ferndale, on the west side of the city.

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