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Monday 23 October 2017

Shooting victim Sean (6) 'may never walk again'

The aunt of shot schoolboy Sean Scully is "devastated" that the little boy will never walk again.

The family's worst fears have been confirmed by medics.

"The doctors told us they're pretty sure he won't get any movement back in his legs," Denise Scully said.

The six-year-old boy was hit in the spine with a stray bullet in a botched murder bid on a man near the boy's home in Cherry Orchard in Dublin on June 13 last.

He has remained paralysed from the chest down since the attack.

"We're devastated. But we'll just have to stay strong for Sean and all the family," she said.

Denise told the Herald that the little boy has managed to keep his lovely personality after the appalling incident.

And, generally, he is "in good spirits."

"At the end of the day, I just thank God that he's alive," said Denise.

"Now, we've just got to keep going. What else can we do," she said.

No one has yet been charged with the shooting.

Denise and the Scully family were attending a benefit night at the Ballyfermot Club last night.

The event was organised by the local Gala Cabs firm.

She said RTE presenter Joe Duffy, a native of Ballyfermot, was scheduled to draw raffle prizes, which included a holiday for two in Spain.

Attack

The sickening gun attack at Croftwood Gardens has rallied the local community to lend their support to the brave boy's family.

Sean is confined to a wheelchair and continues to receive treatment for his injury.

He is able to return home on Fridays, but remains in Our Lady' Children's Hospital during the weekend, until the family can install a specialist downstairs room and a get a wheelchair accessible car.

Supt Brendan Connolly made a public plea recently for people to defy threats made to keep quiet about the gunmen.

"It's not being a rat to protect your family," the senior garda said.

Supt Connolly urged residents to "break the wall of silence" that often hampers garda investigations.

Speaking at a recent Joint Policing Meeting in Ballyfermot, he said it was time for local people to help gardai tackle thugs who were "running things and telling people what to say".

Local priest Fr Gerry O'Connor said "I encourage people to share information appropriately. If everybody could only take their courage in their hands."

The shooting has caused "utter exasperation" in the area, he said.

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