Saturday 16 December 2017

Stray bullet just misses child in car in botched gangland hit at shopping centre

Gardai at the shooting near Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas (INM)
Gardai at the shooting near Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas (INM)
Gardai at the shooting near Charlestown Shopping Centre in Finglas (INM)

Cathal McMahon and Laura Larkin

A CHILD narrowly escaped injury or worse after a stray bullet in a gangland shooting hit the car it was in.

A number of shots were fired at a vehicle in the car park of Charlestown Shopping centre, Finglas, at 6.15pm yesterday.

Sources have revealed that the gunman missed his intended target and the bullets hit a car with an infant inside.

It is understood no one was injured in the latest gangland attack in the capital and officers from Finglas Garda Station are investigating.

Credit: Cathal McMahon
Credit: Cathal McMahon

It is suspected the shooting was not linked to the ongoing Kinahan-Hutch feud, but it is believed that it may be linked Crumlin-Drimnagh feud that has claimed 15 lives.

It is understood that the target, believed to be from Tallaght, may be involved in a dispute with a well-known gangster.


The scene of the incident is adjacent to the McDonald's and KFC fast food restaurants in the busy shopping centre.

Credit: Cathal McMahon
Credit: Cathal McMahon

The area was cordoned off last night and one car was sealed off for examination at the scene.

Local TD Noel Rock (FG) condemned the incident and called for more action to tackle gangland crime.

"A Friday night at a shopping centre shows there is a clear seeping of gangland crime into the everyday lives of families.

"The fact that these shots narrowly missed a young child shows the real danger posed by these thugs.

"I have to call on the Minister for Justice to take a far more robust stance on this matter."

Gardai have appealed for witnesses.

"Anyone who was in and around the Charlestown Shopping Centre or the car park of the food outlets [yesterday evening] and who may have seen anything unusual is asked to contact gardai."

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