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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Man escapes with his life as two shots fired in city attack

Eddie Nugent
Eddie Nugent

A 27-year-old man was lucky to escape with his life in the latest attempted gun murder in the capital.

The incident unfolded at Carrick Avenue in Rialto in Dublin's south inner city when a gunman targeted the young man at around 11.45pm on Tuesday.

He was driving his Jeep when he was approached by a gunman who fired one shot at the vehicle. It is understood that when the man jumped from his vehicle, a second shot was fired at him.

Neither of the shots hit the local man who fled the scene in his Jeep.

The gunman is understood to have fled the area in the direction of the South Circular Road and has not been arrested.

Gardai in Kilmainham are investigating the incident and a technical examination of the scene was carried out in the early hours of yesterday morning.

A shotgun was used in the gun attack and spent cartridges were recovered.

Sources say that the target of the shooting may be under threat from a dangerous local gang. Meanwhile, in a separate investigation, gardai were continuing to question three males last night in relation to the shocking murder of Edward Nugent (64), who was shot dead outside his home in Walkinstown on February 15.

The third suspect is one of the capital's most notorious criminals and was being questioned at Terenure Garda Station after his arrest on Tuesday night.

He has survived numerous assassination attempts and has been involved in gangland feuding in the Crumlin area for over six years.

Sources said that detectives are investigating if he was directly involved in the brutal murder of Mr Nugent.

The suspect, aged in his 20s, has a long list of previous convictions and has also been arrested in relation to burglary, assault, firearms and drug offences.

Earlier on Tuesday, the man regarded as the chief suspect for ordering the gun attack which led to Mr Nugent being murdered was arrested, along with a 15-year-old male.

The duo were arrested by heavily-armed gardai.

The teenager is understood to be linked to the getaway car used in the murder. Gardai believe that Mr Nugent was wrongly targeted as part of a bitter feud in which he had no part.

The shooting stemmed from two violent incidents in the week before the murder as part of bitter feuding between young criminals from the south inner city and Crumlin.

kfoy@herald.ie

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