Wednesday 21 February 2018

Man arrested in connection to shooting of boy (6)

Boy, 6, almost bled to death in shooting

A member of the Garda forensic team at the crime scene in Croftwood Gardens, Dublin, where a six-year-old boy was shot last night. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
A member of the Garda forensic team at the crime scene in Croftwood Gardens, Dublin, where a six-year-old boy was shot last night. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire
Jim Cusack

Jim Cusack

A man in his mid-thirties has been arrested in connection with the shooting of a 6-year-old boy in Ballyfermot in Dublin on Friday night.

The arrest was made at approximately 3.30pm today and the man is currently being detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Ballyfermot Garda Station.

It is understood the man has been arrested on suspicion of withholding information regarding the incident where a six year-old boy was shot in the neck on the green outside his home in Cherry Orchard, Dublin.

Six-year-old Sean Scully was saved from bleeding to death by a passer-by who applied pressure to his wound before paramedics arrived.

Shocked neighbours yesterday told how blood was "gushing" from the shotgun wound to young Sean Scully.

Sources say two men were involved, both on bicycles when they approached a green area where a number of children were playing at 10.15pm.

One fired a shot, intended it is believed for the other man, but hit the child. Witnesses said the shooter remained at the scene for a few minutes after the incident, apparently in a state of confusion, while the other fled.

"The lad who shot him was going round in circles with his hands on his head for about 15 seconds, like 'What have I done?' Then he went off, still holding the gun. Then the child's ma came out screaming and everyone was on their phones calling 999," said one neighbour.

Sean, who is a senior infant at St Ultan's Primary School in Cherry Orchard, is in a stable condition in Crumlin Children's Hospital, surrounded by his family. He underwent surgery yesterday to remove pellets from his neck.

Gardai say it was a "miracle" he was not killed.

Fr Gerry O'Connor, chairman of the board of St Ultan's Primary School, visited the family home along with school principal Ms Ena Morley yesterday morning.

He said there were no words to describe the shooting, adding: "Across Dublin this type of thing is happening. There seems to be a total disregard for human life.

"This community is in crisis and there has to be an appropriate response. This is a community that is in what can only be described as a state of hurt, bewilderment and pain at this time.

"There is this availability of guns and sinister agendas to do with drugs and gangs. The community is very worried but it is a good place to live. The family has lots of aunts and uncles and there is great support from them.

"But people are very anxious and worried, especially for their children. Many people here have experienced these dark moments that just shatter people."

Fr O'Connor said the school had prepared a crisis intervention programme and the 25 children in Sean's class, along with the school's 400 pupils, would be cared for.

Sunday Independent

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