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Monday 27 January 2020

Woman held over shooting

Conor Kane

GARDAI were last night probing the motive behind a shooting incident which left a young man in hospital with a serious leg injury.

A woman was arrested yesterday morning as part of the inquiry into the incident but gardai in Clonmel, Co Tipperary, are seeking other people for questioning.

The victim of Tuesday night's shooting has been named locally as James Curran (23), from Woodvale Walk, Fethard, near Clonmel.

It is believed that he was asked to get into a car at Woodvale Walk at about 7.20pm on Tuesday and brought to meet some people outside a remote graveyard in the Rathcoole area.

However, on arrival at the scene he was shot in the inner left thigh by a person wielding what is believed to have been a shotgun. After the alarm was raised, the man was brought by ambulance to South Tipperary General Hospital and later transferred to Waterford Regional Hospital.

It is understood that the victim spoke to gardai yesterday morning and said that he didn't know why he was shot and denied that he was in debt to any sort of criminal gang.

"We're trying to find out how he got out there and what he was doing there," said a garda involved in the investigation.

Gardai sealed off the scene, close to the entrance gate to Rathcoole Cemetery, and investigators carried out a forensic examination.

A garda spokesperson confirmed that the victim's injuries were not life-threatening.

The woman being questioned in relation to the shooting was arrested in Clonmel and can be held initially for 24 hours.

Irish Independent

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