Saturday 22 October 2016

Gardai arrest intended target of reckless shooting

Gardai at scene of shooting incident in Greystones
Gardai at scene of shooting incident in Greystones

A 34-year-old man who was the intended target of a shooting in Greystones over the weekend was arrested yesterday by gardai.

The man was being questioned last night at Bray Garda Station for withholding information about the bizarre shooting incident that happened in Greystones, Co Wicklow, on Saturday morning.

Sources said he has refused to co-operate with the investigation in any way, which prompted the decision to arrest him.

"This individual is in serious bother and he would be best advised to talk to gardai," a source told the Herald.

"He has been warned that his life is under threat, and his refusal to co-operate is hindering this investigation.

"This man was not previously known to gardai for involvement in organised crime, but he now needs to realise that he is disposable to far more serious criminals than he is."

The shooting happened at Farrankelly Road in Greystones shortly after 11am on Saturday, when a meeting took place between the arrested man, who is from Bray, and an unidentified crime grouping of at least four men who arrived in two vehicles.


When the shots were fired at the intended target, two of the bullets hit the side passenger window and front left tyre of a car which contained two men from the Greystones area.

It is understood that the intended target was chased by the gunmen and ran through hedges and ditches before being picked up by a passing motorist.

This motorist then took him to a house in the area, and by this stage gardai had rushed to the scene of the attempted hit, which was witnessed by a number of people.

It is believed that the suspects are members of a crime gang operating in Bray and that the incident is drugs-related.

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