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Shooting of boy (16) linked to violent feud

THE shooting of an innocent teenager this week may be linked to a series of other incident in recent months.

GARDAI believe that Stephen Hynes (16) was caught in the crossfire of a vicious thug war.

The home of a female associate of the chief suspect for the reckless shooting was previously shot up, the Herald can reveal.

It is believed that associates of the target of this week's shooting may have been behind that attack. The suspect was not in the house at the time his female pal's house in Tallaght was shot up in April of last year.

Two notorious criminals were arrested in relation to the incident.

The Tallaght shooting happened less than a fortnight after the intended target of Tuesday night's shooting -- Karl Fay (21) -- was shot in the stomach in Milltown, south Dublin in April 2011.

The two suspects arrested for the shooting which left Stephen Hynes with non-threatening injuries this week are also suspected of shooting Fay.

Sources believe that there has been a number of tit-for-tat incidents -- including assaults, shootings and pipe bomb attacks -- linked to a disagreement Fay has had with other criminals.

The two suspects arrested for this week's shooting are also suspected of being involved in the incident in which Fay was shot in Milltown.

Tuesday night's outrageous incident is said to be "directly linked" to the Milltown shooting. The duo -- who both have outstanding arrest warrants against them -- are not expected to be charged with shooting Stephen Hynes and a file will be prepared for the DPP.

Both suspects are originally from the Crumlin area but have strong connections to the Tallaght area.


The gunman suspected for this week's attack was previously caught with two handguns in an incident last year when his car was searched at a garda checkpoint.

At a court hearing, gardai outlined major concerns about him getting bail but he managed to be freed on a number of strict conditions imposed by the court.

Stephen Hynes was mistakenly shot when the gunman fired at Fay as Stephen and a 17-year-old boy stood chatting to him outside Fay's home at Lismore Road.

Two shotgun blasts were recklessly fired at the group which led to Stephen getting seven pellets in the back.