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man drove van to petrol station for help after being shot in leg

A MAN is recovering in hospital after being shot in the leg this morning.

Gardai were called to the Topaz service station on Mahaide Road at around 5am after the shooting victim called to the shop looking for help.

He has been named locally as Raymond Kennedy, of Whit-estown Drive, Blanchardstown.

The 32-year-old had been shot in the leg at another north Dublin location and is understood to have driven his van to the petrol station.


Gardai were alerted after reports of dangerous driving.

It is understood that Mr Kennedy is known to gardai and has previously been warned about a threat against his life.

He was rushed to Beaumont Hospital for emergency surgery.

It is understood that the Garda Special Detective Unit will be probing the shooting.

At the filling station this morning, his white van could be seen parked on the forecourt near the door to the Topaz Express with a heavily blood-stained sheet of material lying beside the driver's door.

Blood stains could also be seen running down the door sill and onto the ground.

After getting out of the van, the man made his way to the service hatch for help.

Blood stains could be seen on the ground leading from the van to the hatch, and there were also bloodstains on the wall of the filling station.

Gardai had sealed off the section of the forecourt pending a forensic examination.

Staff at the filling station declined to comment.

The filling station is just yards from the halting site where Tommy Joyce was shot dead in June 2009.

He was targeted by two men who pulled up outside the site at Grove Lane in Clarehall on Wednesday June 17 and blasted him with a shotgun.

Joyce (20) tried to flee but he was chased by the gunman.

Sources said that last night's shooting is not linked to the murder of Tommy Joyce or a Traveller feud which has been raging in the area recently.