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Gardai investigate a shooting incident in Clondalkin, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Gardai investigate a shooting incident in Clondalkin, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

Gardai investigate a shooting incident in Clondalkin, Dublin. Picture:Arthur Carron

GARDAI are investigating if a man shot last night was targeted in a case of mistaken identity.

James Curtis (25) was shot once in the leg in the Clondalkin area of Dublin around 9pm.

It is the second shooting incident to have taken place in the suburb over the weekend.

The injured man was rushed to Tallaght hospital last night following the gun attack which took place in an open area of Melrose Avenue.

Locals on Melrose Avenue said they did not hear the shooting, but that the victim had staggered to a house a short distance away.

Witnesses have told gardai there were two men involved in the attack and that someone was heard shouting "that's not him" as the two men fled. The victim was treated at the house for 25 minutes by an ambulance crew before being taken to hospital.

Curtis was conscious as he was taken away and it is understood his injuries are not life threatening.

Locals described James as "a gentle giant who wouldn't hurt anyone".

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They said they could see no reason why he would be targeted in this way.

On Saturday night, a man in his 20s was shot in the arm in the St Cuthbert's Road area of Clondalkin - a short distance away from the scene of last night's attack.

The victim, believed to be from the south inner city, was also taken to Tallaght hospital but his injuries are not life-threatening. Gardai are investigating if the two gun attacks are linked.

Fianna Fail councillor Trevor Gilligan described the news as devastating and said that violence in the area gave the village a bad name.

"There has been a few shootings this year. In general there is great sense of community spirit in Clondalkin. It's terrible news to hear," he said.

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