A man in his 50s suffered serious injuries when he was shot in south Dublin this afternoon in what is being treated as an attempted murder.
The incident occurred at Cookstown Cottages in Tallaght, at around 12.10pm.
Emergency services including gardaí and the Dublin Fire Brigade attended the scene where the man suffered gunshot wounds.
It is understood these include injuries to his neck and upper body.
Sources told Independent.ie that a burning van was also discovered nearby with a suspected firearm inside, and it is being investigated whether this is linked to the incident.
It is believed the van had been used to escape the scene of the shooting minutes earlier.
The weapon found inside the vehicle is believed to be a shotgun.
Gardaí are also investigating reports that a man who set this vehicle on fire also accidentally set himself on fire before fleeing the scene.
The suspect is currently unaccounted for and was not arrested at the scene.
The gun victim was rushed to hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries.
This afternoon gardaí encountered a third scene linked to the attempted murder.
Officers rushed to the Rathmill Glen estate in Rathcoole after another vehicle was set on fire.
Sources say that this car had transported attackers from the scene of the burning van in Tallaght to Rathcoole.
Gardaí are also appealing for information in relation to three vehicles which are believed to have been involved in the incident:
• A small, dark van which was discovered on fire in Kilcarrig Close, Tallaght, this afternoon at approximately 12.15pm.
• A small, black car that was discovered partially burnt in Rathmill Glen, Rathcoole, a short time later.
• And a small, silver hatchback car may have been parked in Rathmill Glen, Rathcoole, over the past 24 hours.
Anyone who may have information in relation to these vehicles is asked to contact investigating gardaí. Anyone who may have camera footage of these areas over the past 24 hours (including dash-cam and mobile phone footage) is asked to make it available to investigating Gardaí.
The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination by the Garda Technical Bureau. A firearm has been recovered by investigating Gardaí.
An incident room has been established at Tallaght Garda Station which is being overseen by a Senior Investigating Officer.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward. Gardaí are particularly appealing to anyone who was on Cookstown Road, Tallaght this morning between 11.45am and 12.15pm to come forward.
Anyone with any information in relation to this matter should contact Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.
No arrests have been made at this time and investigations are ongoing.