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Suspect in shooting of little Sean arrested

Gardai have made a third arrest in the investigation into the shooting of a six-year-old boy.

It emerged today that a man in his 30s was taken into custody in Courtown, Co Wexford, last Saturday and questioned over the shooting last June.

The suspect was later released without charge and a file is now being prepared for the DPP.

Six-year-old Sean Scully (inset) was shot while playing with friends on a green near his house in Croftwood Gardens, Ballyfermot, west Dublin, on June 13.

The Dublin man arrested at the weekend is the second "direct suspect" to be picked up in the case after another man was arrested by detectives last August.

A third man was arrested for withholding information in the case but was not involved in the incident. Sean Scully suffered permanent damage to his spinal cord after being hit below the neck.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald described the shooting at the time as "barbaric".

"I share the shock of the community in Ballyfermot at the appalling shooting of a child. The thoughts and prayers of everyone will be for the recovery of the child," she said.