Tuesday 16 January 2018

Three men held as gun incidents investigated

Luke Byrne and Tom Brady

GARDAI have arrested three men and launched investigations into three separate shooting incidents.

One happened just before 8.30pm last night on the street at Hazelbury, in Clonee, Dublin 15.

A garda spokesman said that around three rounds were fired into the air. It is understood there was an argument on the street prior to the incident.

And a man in his 30s has been held for questioning after shots were allegedly fired at the back of a house in Carlow town in a separate incident.

It is understood that it was part of an altercation between warring neighbours.

And in another gun-related incident, traffic corps gardai seized a loaded shotgun after stopping a Land Rover at a speed check.

Routine

The officers halted the Freelander vehicle shortly after midnight yesterday during a routine check on the N11 at Donnybrook on the southside of Dublin.

Gardai became suspicious while questioning the driver and decided to carry out a search. They found the fully loaded double barrelled shotgun in the rear of the vehicle.

Two men are being questioned at Donnybrook garda station. One of the suspects, a 26-year-old man, is from Arklow while the other is a 44-year-old man from Rathgar and is well-known to gardai.

Gardai said last night they had established that the shotgun had been used an hour earlier in an attack at a house in Wicklow town.

A man was lying on a couch in the house at Ocean View when his front door was hit by a shotgun blast. Officers are now trying to determine a motive for the attack.

Irish Independent

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