Teen shot in leg as thugs open fire on city street
A TEENAGER who suffered a serious leg injury in a shooting incident in Limerick city is well known to Gardai and has over 30 previous convictions.
The 17-year-old, whose cousin is serving a life sentence for murder, was with two other males when he was shot in the leg with a shotgun in broad daylight.
The shooting took place as the three youths stood in a green in the Janesboro area of the city shortly after 10am yesterday.
Despite suffering a serious leg injury, the victim managed to make his way as far as Lower Carey's Road where he collapsed on a footpath.
Paramedics tended to him at the scene before he was taken by ambulance to University Hospital for further treatment.
His injuries are not life threatening, but sources expressed serious concerns for his leg given the extent of his injuries.
Due to turn 18 in August, the victim is from the Garryowen area of Limerick city.
He is well known to gardai, and has amassed more than 30 previous convictions for a variety of offences including theft, public order and road-traffic matters.
He was released from detention in recent months after serving a sentence for robbery and theft.
His sister is also well known to gardai in Limerick and appeared in court when she was just 12 years old in 2008 after leading a high-speed chase in a stolen car through Limerick city.
She has also appeared before the children's court charged with assaulting a security man with a hammer.
Detectives are trying to establish a motive for the shooting. Gardai at Roxboro are investigating and detectives are examining CCTV footage of the area.