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Wednesday 23 August 2017

One of 3 teens shot in 'gang feud' had been stabbed hours earlier

Gardai gather evidence after the shooting in Ballymun
Gardai gather evidence after the shooting in Ballymun

One of three teenagers shot in north Dublin was stabbed in the arm only hours earlier.

The youths were hit with shotgun pellets when a man opened fire within 40 metres of them as they stood by a bonfire on Shangan Green, Ballymun.

The teens suffered neck and head wounds during the incident at around 8pm on Monday.

Disgraceful

They were taken by ambulance to the Mater Hospital and the Children's University Hospital, Temple Street, for treatment for minor injuries.

It was the second Emergency Department visit within a few hours for one of the victims after having earlier been treated for a knife wound.

Local councillor Noeleen Reilly said the attack was "disgraceful" and called for increased garda resources.

"We have never had less gardai on the beat in Ballymun. The shooting has shocked the community and we are terrified of an escalation of this violence," she said.

A source said the two incidents are "most likely" connected to a local feud.

The teenager who was stabbed and shot is linked to notorious criminal Glen Kiely, who was injured in a shooting in Ballymun last January.

Kiely (30), who has more than 40 convictions and was previously jailed for his part in a violent attack on a man, was struck a number of times, and one of five bullets fired at him shattered his hip and lodged in his body.

It is believed that the attack on Kiely was carried out by members of the so-called New INLA.

Kidnapped

Following that shooting, associates of Kiely kidnapped four young men - one of whom was the teenager stabbed and shot on Monday - in a bid to gather information about the incident.

The teenager denied any involvement in the shooting.

Yesterday, local residents said groups of youths had been congregating in the area in recent months causing late-night disturbances.

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