Monday 23 April 2018

Well-known criminal arrested after several shots fired at house while children played nearby

Cathal McMahon & David Kearns & Martin Grant

Gardaí are investigating a shooting on the North Circular Road in Dublin this evening.

The incident occured at 5.25pm when a man was approached by another man carrying a gun at Drumalee Park, off the North Circular Road.

Five to six shots were discharged at the first man as he fled into his back garden and then into his house.

He was uninjured in the shooting and the gunman fled the scene in a red car been driven by a second man.

A car on fire was recovered a short time later at Regal Park, just off Blackhorse Avenue.

Gardai responded to an alert to the incident and both scenes are currently preserved for a forensic examination.

The incident happened close to where a number of members of the extended Hutch family are living.

It is understood that the shooting is linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Councillor Ciaran Cuff visited the scene of the shooting this evening.

"It's appalling that we are seeing another shooting in the heart of the community where there's lots of children enjoying a late summer's afternoon," he told

Credit: David Kearns

"Thankfully nobody appears to be seriously injured."

A neighbour at the scene said: "Look around, there are kids everywhere. It's a miracle no one was hurt."

"He's a good family man. He looks after his daughter who has special needs. They're a good family."

A 32-year-old well-known criminal has been arrested following the shooting incident.

The suspect is a close associate of a number of members of the Kinahan crime cartel.

He was previously arrested by gardaí investigating a separate murder bid in 2008.

Sources have revealed that gardaí also recovered two firearms.

Gardaí in the Bridewell are appealing for witnesses or anyone who was in the area to contact them in the Bridewell on 01 6668000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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