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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Young woman is shot after Facebook threats

Ciara Sheehan was shot in the neck when the house she was in was attacked
Ciara Sheehan was shot in the neck when the house she was in was attacked

Wayne O’Connor

An innocent woman was blasted in the throat, after a chilling threat was made on Facebook by a man later arrested in connection with the attack.

Ciara Sheehan (21) was rushed to hospital after being shot early yesterday.

The bullet went through the window of the house she was in at the time, and hit her in the neck.

Gardaí believe the attack is linked to an ongoing dispute between two members of different families — but has nothing to do with Ms Sheehan.

She underwent emergency surgery at Cork University Hospital yesterday and is said to be in a serious but stable condition.

A man (29) and a woman (22) were arrested shortly after the incident and were being questioned at Gurranabraher and Bridewell garda stations in Cork last night.

They were being held under section 30 of the Offences Against the State act.

It is understood that the man was previously known to gardaí. 

Late on Saturday night, he had posted on Facebook that it was time for a “war”.

The shooting took place less than two hours later.

At least one shot was fired at the front of a house in the Hollywood Estate in Knocknaheeney, on the northside of the city.

Ms Sheehan, who is from Ardcullen in Cork, was in the house, which was first targeted with a rock through a sliding door in the front porch, and later the gunshot through a front window.

Locals said they were hugely concerned about the escalation of violence.

One said: “All the windows were smashed in that house last year. The victims are a lovely family, so it is terrible to see this go on.

“We have been dealing with this for 15 or 16 years but it has been getting worse and worse for a long time.

“It started off as something small but now it has escalated. It is very unpredictable and you don’t know where you stand.

“Another family has been drawn into it now because she has been shot. It is terrible.”

Irish Independent

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