Tuesday 20 August 2019

Man in serious condition after shooting in West Dublin

Gardai at the scene in Blanchardstown. Picture: Mick O'Neill
Gardai at the scene in Blanchardstown. Picture: Mick O'Neill
Gardai at the scene in the Hunthstown Wood estate in Blanchardstown where a car was burned out. Picture: Mick O'Neill
Gardai at the scene in Blanchardstown. Picture: Mick O'Neill

Patrick O'Connell

A man has narrowly escaped with his life following a hit attempt in West Dublin earlier this evening.

The victim was shot at least twice at around 5.30pm in the Castlecurragh Heath area of Mulhuddart.

Two men, one carrying a black handgun, were seen fleeing the scene by witnesses – which included a number of children who saw the shooting.

A car was later discovered in the Huntstown Wood estate and gardaí are probing if it was used as a getaway vehicle.

Gardai at the scene in Blanchardstown. Picture: Mick O'Neill
Gardai at the scene in Blanchardstown. Picture: Mick O'Neill

A source told the Sunday World the man was “blessed to be alive” being hit at close range.

The victim’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening and, according to witnesses, he spoke to emergency services when they arrived at the scene.

A Garda spokesman said: “Gardaí are at scene of shooting incident which occurred in Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, this evening, at approximately 5:30pm.

“A man [age unknown] has been removed to hospital [unknown which hospital] in a serious condition. Investigations are ongoing.”

Last night's shooting comes just weeks after another botched hit at a Lidl store in nearby Blanchardstown.

Shoppers fled terrified after Noel Boylan was shot at the busy store in broad daylight on the  Blakestown Road on Saturday, June 1.

Gardai at the scene in the Hunthstown Wood estate in Blanchardstown where a car was burned out. Picture: Mick O'Neill
Gardai at the scene in the Hunthstown Wood estate in Blanchardstown where a car was burned out. Picture: Mick O'Neill

Boylan was shot twice in the arm and chest in front of shocked onlookers and shoppers.

It later emerged that he only survived as a result of the gun jamming.

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