FOUR weeks of gun attacks on the streets of Dublin have claimed four lives -- and left others battling for life in city hospitals.
The relative peace of spring in underworld circles ended violently last month with a double hit in Clondalkin, quickly followed by a succession of gun attacks.
But bullets do not discriminate between the totally innocent and those involved when fired in a drug-hyped frenzy.
Exactly a month ago today, on 28 June, two brothers were gunned down in Clondalkin.
This was followed by a gun murder in Finglas 11 days later, and four days after that by a murder on the north inner city.
The toll could yet rise as the summer of bloodshed takes hold.
On July 15 an uncle and nephew survived an assassination bid in Finglas.
And following that, in the early hours of Monday, July 26, three people were shot as a gunman opened fire indiscriminately at a pub in Fairview.
Doorman Wayne Barrett (31) was outside the front door and four or five customers were chatting nearby when the gunman ran across the road.
Wearing a balaclava and dark clothing, the gunman opened fired with two handguns before he reached the pub.
His target was apparently Mr Barrett, who was shot in the head and remains critically ill in hospital. But the gunman continued firing and two customers Austen 'Ossie' Purcell and Brian Masterson were also hit in the attack.