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Man held after drinker shot in face in pub row

GARDAI have arrested a 30-year-old man for shooting another man in the face during a row outside a Dublin pub. The shooting occurred on Wednesday night outside the Cottage Inn Lounge on Bluebell Avenue after a row broke out between a pair following a funeral earlier that day.

The shooting occurred on Wednesday night outside the Cottage Inn Lounge on Bluebell Avenue after a row broke out between a pair following a funeral earlier that day.

The man being held was granted bail last April after being charged with a serious criminal offence.

The suspect is understood to have shot a man in a pub eight years ago for looking at his girlfriend in another pub row.

The incident is believed to have taken place after the pair engaged in a verbal argument on the street outside the premises following a funeral.

A large group of family and friends were gathering in the pub after a funeral Mass earlier.

A row erupted later during the evening between a group of them.

The gunman tried to break it up and was struck a few times.

He went to his car, which was nearby, took out a loaded shotgun, walked back to the crowd and let off one shot which struck the victim.

The blast is not believed to have been aimed at the victim but the shot ricocheted and hit the victim in the face.

Gardai arrived within minutes and stopped a car, which was being driven by the gunman.



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He was arrested and a firearm was seized.

The victim was immediately rushed to St James's Hospital by ambulance but was found to have suffered only superficial injuries and was discharged later that evening.

Gardai believe that the shooting took place at around midnight.

"This man is a dangerous and erratic character.

"He was driving around with a shotgun in his car," a garda source told the Herald.

The weapon used in the attack was handed over to officers from the Garda Technical Bureau who are carrying out a ballistic examination of the shotgun to determine whether it had been fired recently.

He is currently being held at Kevin Street Garda Station under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

He can be held for up to 72 hours without charge.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information regarding Wednesday night's incident to contact Kevin Street at 01 6669400 or to contact the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111.


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