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Saturday 3 December 2016

Gardai investigate gun attack on man at flats in Dublin city centre

Gardai at the scene of the shooting in Boyne Street
Gardai at the scene of the shooting in Boyne Street

Gardai are investigating a shooting incident in which a man reportedly fled for his life following a gun attack on a Dublin street.

The man managed to escape his attackers, who struck at 1pm yesterday at a council residential complex in the south inner city.

Residents living in the vicinity of the Boyne Street flats said at least two shots were fired during the incident.

It is believed that the target of the attack, a young man living in the area, had an altercation with individuals on Sunday. Yesterday he was approached by a number of individuals at the Boyne Street complex.

Local people said they understood the man ended up running away from the group who pursued him onto the roadway at Boyne Street and a number of shots were fired at him.

Some people said the man may have been shot in the arm. A bicycle used in the incident was found discarded on the roadway.

A large number of gardai, including armed units, sealed off the area after the incident and several gardai remained at the scene throughout the afternoon.

However, no injured person had been located by gardai and an appeal has been made for witnesses to contact the gardai at Pearse Street or on the confidential telephone number line 1800 666 111.

The spokesman said there were no reports of any injuries and no firearm had been found at the scene.

Local residents told the Herald they were shocked at reports of a shooting in their quiet residential community which has won a number of awards for its tidiness and floral displays.

"Children play around the area where this happened. A stray bullet could have hit a child or a passerby and someone could have ended up in a bodybag," said an alarmed local man.

"The gardai were all over the place. It's the first time there has been any shooting here and let's hope it's the last time. There should be CCTV cameras installed in the area after what happened today," he said.

Stunned

"People are very, very shocked. It might have been some sort of feud, we don't know. This area is kept very well by the residents and people come to admire the place," he added.

Another long-term resident of the area said people were stunned by the violence.

"It is a relief that the Westland Row National School was on holidays or there would have been a lot of schoolchildren around," said the resident.

"We heard a man was shot in the arm and that an ambulance was called," he said.

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