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Man hit in the back in latest city shooting

A man was rushed to hospital after he was shot in the back with shotgun pellets in another Dublin gun attack overnight.

The shooting happened near a pub at the Dutch Village shopping centre on Clondalkin's Woodford Walk.

The victim, believed to be a local in his early 20s, is thought to have been on his own before he was shot in the back shortly before 1am in a cowardly attack.

His injuries were found not to be life-threatening after he was rushed by ambulance to Tallaght Hospital.

Gardai are trying to establish a motive for the attack and the scene has been preserved by gardai to allow for a forensic investigation.

The alarm was raised by a 999 call to the gardai and the emergency services were at the scene within minutes. The weapon used in the attack was not recovered.

Vicious

Meanwhile, gardai in the North Dublin are appealing for witnesses to a vicious assault on a woman in Blessington Street, close to the Mater Hospital.

The woman has been named locally as Brighid Delaney and detectives believe that the attacker was a man known to her. "The woman is in a bad way," a source said last night. "She is critically ill and the next day or so will be crucial for her chances of surviving."

She is understood to have sustained numerous blows to the head. The attack happened shortly after 11pm at a party that was being attended by about 20 other people in a central Dublin flat. It is understood that Delaney is a 38-year-old settled Traveller.

Two others, a man and a woman, were taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown following the same incident. Gardai are carrying out local inquiries to try and establish the events leading to it.

The victim was taken to the Mater Hospital but her injuries were so severe that she was later transferred to Beaumont.

Anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious is asked to contact Mountjoy Garda Station on 01 6668600 or the Garda Confidential telephone line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.


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