A GYM boss was fighting for his life today after he was shot four times in Dublin.
Gardai have launched a major investigation after well-known hardman Sean Enright was targeted while at his Finglas gym.
He was shot in the back, the stomach and the legs.
The father-of-three was rushed to the Mater Hospital shortly after 11am where his condition was described as "serious but stable".
Enright, who owns the Universal Warrior Gym in Finglas, had been warned several times in the past that that his life was under threat.
Just six months ago, the Herald reported that gardai were concerned about an active threat against him from the Real IRA.
The 32-year-old survived a previous attempted on his life in 2011 but in recent months has found himself the target of Real IRA thugs.
The bodybuilder – who dabbled in music promotion in the past – made a miraculous recovery after being shot six times by Alan Ryan's RIRA crew outside his girlfriend's home in Clonsilla, west Dublin two years ago.
The area outside the gym and fight club in the Ballyboggan Business Centre remained cordoned off by gardaitoday.
One witness told the Herald that he heard "four or five shots". The man said he thought that it was a jackhammer piece of equipment and it was only subsequently that he realised it was gunshots.
Another man described how he saw a man holding a gun exit the club before driving off.
Local councillor Steve Wrenn said that crime in the area was "out of control".
"It's now a free for all and it has to be addressed immediately," he told the Herald. "It now seems to be happening at any time of the day at any place."
In 2008, Mr Enright also had a lucky escape when he was working as a security man at a pub in Tallaght. A man he had refused entry to returned to the club with a knife and stabbed Mr Enright.
In January 2011 he spent over a week in James Connolly Memorial Hospital after being shot. In that attack, a gunman fired nine shots into Mr Enright's blue Golf car after he parked outside a house.
Gardai suspect that attack is linked to a gang involved in extortion in the capital. Enright was singled out after refusing to hand over cash to the mob, believed to be behind a number of Tiger kidnappings.
Gardai again informed him last December that they were aware of a threat against him from ruthless criminals. Detectives believed that the same mobsters who gunned down gangland Godfather Eamon Kelly wanted to target Enright.
Sources say the threats were linked to his close friendship with a member of the Kelly family. The death threat against Enright emerged just days after Eamon Kelly's older brother Matthew (68) was also warned about threats against him.