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Thursday 22 February 2018

Three arrested after man shot in 'feud' confrontation

Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A YOUNG man escaped life-threatening injuries when shot in a confrontation linked to a Cork feud

Gardai have now arrested three men in relation to the incident.

The man in his early 20s was struck in the elbow by a bullet after a passenger on a motorcycle shot at him as he walked home in Courttown in Knocknaheeny on Cork’s northside shortly after 9pm (Monday).

The man was walking home with another young man after being out socialising when the shooting occurred.

Both became suspicious of the motorcycle and its two riders and had ducked seeking shelter when the pillion passenger removed the weapon from his jacket.

Seconds after the shooting, the bike sped off in the direction of Gurranabraher.

The man’s friend was able to raise the alarm and Gurranabraher Gardai were at the scene within minutes.

The injured man was taken to Cork University Hospital (CUH) where he is being treated for a non-life threatening arm injury.

The man is expected to undergo surgery today (Tuesday) but will make a full recovery.

He is from the Knocknaheeny area.

Less than 40 minutes after the shooting, detectives arrested a man in his late 20s just 2km from the scene of the shooting.

He was taken to Gurranabraher Garda Station where he is being questioned under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

Two other young men were arrested in the early hours of this (Tuesday) morning following a series of Gardai raids on properties on the northside.

Gardai are investigating whether the attack is linked to a dispute between two groups on Cork’s northside.

Extra Garda patrols have been ordered in specific areas of Gurranabraher and Knocknaheeny following the incident.

Gardai have appealed for witnesses to the shooting to contact them.

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