Gun victim managed to run to safety despite being shot five times in broad daylight
A 20-year-old man is fighting for his life after a callous daylight shooting in Cherry Orchard.
The man, named locally as Jordan Friary from Elmdale Park, was blasted five times by a lone gunman as he ran for his life.
Despite the severity of his injuries, Friary sprinted along a railway embankment for 20 yards before collapsing.
The attack occurred at 6.30pm on Saturday at Cherry Orchard Parade - the site where another local man in his 20s was found dead last month in an incident that gardai are treating as a personal tragedy.
That man had died from a gunshot wound, and a shotgun was found near to him.
In Saturday's attack, Friary, also known as Jordan Nolan, was socialising with a group of friends who witnessed the cold-blooded shooting.
He was fighting for his life in a Dublin hospital last night.
"A guy arrived on a bike and took a handgun from a bag before spraying Friary with gunfire, he hit him five times," one source said.
"In a bid to get away, and with adrenaline pumping through his body, Friary managed to climb through a gap in a fence behind him and run along the railway embankment for around 20 yards to the right before collapsing," they added.
An ambulance was called to the scene and Friary was treated on the spot before being rushed to St James's Hospital.
He was described last night as being in a critical condition and is understood to have undergone emergency surgery for a second time yesterday afternoon.
His family declined to comment on the shooting when approached, but it is understood Jordan Friary has no criminal convictions.
Investigators do not know of a motive for the shooting and are following different lines of inquiry into the attempted murder.
Responding to the shooting, local Sinn Fein Councillor Daithi Doolan said it was wrong and unacceptable.
"This shooting is an attack on the whole community, and is wrong and it is unacceptable," he said.
"It shows a blatant disregard for innocent passers-by.
"I urge anyone with information to come forward to gardai," he added.
"Local gardai need to be fully resourced and supported to tackle the serious level of gun crime in this part of Dublin," Cllr Doolin told the Herald.
"I am appealing to the Minister for Justice to ensure gardai in Ballyfermot are given every resource possible to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice," he added.
Today at the scene of the shooting a trail of blood was still visible.
The trail leads from the park where Friars was shot, across the gap in the fence, and along the embankment to the point where he collapsed.
The scene is not far from the unrelated shooting of innocent schoolboy Sean Scully (7), who was shot in the Croftwood area in June last year.