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Assassin on bicycle guns down man in car

A GUNMAN on a bicycle shot a man in a gang attack in Limerick overnight.

Daniel Philips is gravely ill and on life support today after he was shot in the head as he sat in a car with friends at 9.30pm.

The shooting was near where the Emergency Response Unit was patrolling in the St John's Square area of Limerick city.

The prime suspect for the shooting is a known criminal who has survived two attempts on his life this year. He was arrested last night and is being questioned by gardai.

It is understood that Mr Philips was sitting in a black Volkswagen Passat with two other young men when the gunman -- armed with an automatic handgun -- opened fire.


Three shots were fired at the car in the St John's Square area of the city and the intended targets tried to flee from the shooter in the direction of Gerald Griffin Street. The gunman fired another volley of shots as the car sped up the street.

The windows of the car were shot in and Mr Philips was hit in the head by at least one bullet. Other vehicles were also hit, but nobody else was injured.

The victim was rushed to the Mid-Western Regional hospital in the car and is in a critical condition today. He was transferred to Cork University Hospital overnight where his condition is being monitored.

One eyewitness at the Limerick hospital said the shot-out car raced up to the entrance of the accident and emergency area.

"They dragged him into hospital from the car. There was blood everywhere and the back window was all smashed," she said.

Known as Danny, the victim is originally from the Ballinacurra-Weston area of the city.


The two people who were with him in the car last night are known associates of the McCarthy-Dundon gang.

Gardai sealed off the scene of the attack in the St John's Square area and are studying CCTV footage.

Armed members of the Emergency Response Unit were at the scene within seconds.

As part of intensive follow- up investigations, two men and a woman -- all aged in their 20s -- were arrested and were being held at Henry Street and Roxboro garda stations in the city.

The prime suspect for the shooting was one of the men arrested.

He is 27 years old and is linked to the Collopy criminal gang in Limerick. He has convictions for drug-dealing and narrowly survived two attempts on his life this year.

It is believed that last night's shooting is connected to the attempts on the criminal's life.