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Miracle teen escaped as killers sprayed 20 shots into Corballys

The teen managed to escape from the Corballys' Lexus as two masked gunmen opened fire, killing the siblings on the Neilstown Road in Clondalkin, west Dublin on Monday evening.

The boy underwent surgery to have the bullet, which was only discovered in a second scan, removed.

Surgeons fear that the teen may lose his leg as the bullet discovered in his leg is precariously close to one of the body's main arteries.



Worried

"The bullet is right beside his femoral artery and the doctors can't remove it or he will lose his leg," said a worried relative of the injured teen.

As concerns gather for the welfare of the crime's only eyewitness, gardai have made a major breakthrough in the investigation after the murder weapons were discovered.

Forensic and ballistic experts from the Garda Technical Bureau are now examining two semi-automatic handguns which were found in the burnt out remains of the silver Audi A6 which was used by the killers in the murder.

The Audi car was discovered burnt out on Newlands Road in the Foxborough area of Lucan shortly after the double murder.

Meanwhile, a tabloid newspaper has given an undertaking to the High Court not to identify the teenager. It came after the mother was granted an injunction to prevent newspapers from naming her son.

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said it was a sufficiently serious matter to grant the injunction because there is a child involved and because of the general fear that his life would be in danger.

The Emergency Response Unit (ERU) spent a third night on the streets of west Dublin last night amid fears of a deadly retaliation from the Corbally brothers' gang against the Ballyfermot gang boss who ordered the €40,000 hit.

The main suspect in the killing, a high-profile Ballyfermot gangster with at least 15 convictions, ordered the hit against the drug-dealing brothers after they attempted to take him out six weeks ago.

The feud can be traced back to 20-man brawl outside a pub in September last year in which British man Jason Lee Martin (39) was killed.

A large garda security presence is also expected to be in place for the Corbally brothers' joint funeral which takes place tomorrow morning.

The brothers, only sons of Paddy and Ann, will be brought to St Matthew's Church, Ballyfermot Upper, for 10am Mass. They will be buried in Esker cemetery, Lucan.

Last night they renewed their appeal for information from anyone who was in the Newlands Road area last Monday between 8pm and 8.30pm.



Stolen

They are also seeking help about the silver Audi A6 which was stolen in Co Carlow on June 8. The correct registration number for the car is 02-D-2633 but it may have been seen with this number or the false number 00-KE-13498 between when it was stolen and the murders.

Any person with information who has yet to come forward is urged to contact Ronanstown Garda Station at (01) 666-7700 or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666111.

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