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Terror as shotgun fired at city home

A 28-YEAR-old man has been arrested after a shooting at the home of an elderly woman in Dublin city centre.

The terrifying incident happened on Beaver Street, near Connolly Station, at 10.30pm last night.

Witnesses spoke of seeing a lone man firing a gun at the door of the house.

There were two people inside at the time of the shooting, an elderly woman and a young man, but there were no injuries in the attack.

The gunman left the scene on a bicycle after firing a single shot.

A patrolling garda unit saw a suspect on a bicycle on nearby Sean McDermot Street a short time later and he was arrested with the assistance of a second garda unit.

Convictions

He was brought to Store Street Garda Station where he was being questioned today.

The arrested man is a well known north inner city criminal who has dozens of previous convictions.

He previously served a jail sentence for 
allowing himself to be carried in a stolen vehicle in a horrific incident in which a taxi driver was killed when the stolen car smashed into his vehicle.

In a follow up search a loaded sawn-off shotgun was recovered near where the man was arrested.

A large hole could be seen in the front porch door of the house today, and members of the garda technical bureau carried out a forensic examination of the scene.

They photographed the damage to the porch door as well as pellet holes on the front door.

A number of pellets were also collected from the floor of the porch.

One neighbour described hearing a loud bang.

“It was like an explosion. I expected to look out and see a car in flames,” she told the

Gardai say the investigation into the shooting is on-going and have appealed for witnesses to contact them.

kfoy@herald.ie


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