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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Three teenagers rushed to hospital with shotgun injuries after attack

Gardai at the scene of the shooting in Shangan Green in Ballymun
Gardai at the scene of the shooting in Shangan Green in Ballymun

Three teenagers were rushed to hospital last night after suffering shotgun injuries in an incident in north Dublin.

Gardai and emergency services responded to reports of a shooting on Shangan Green in Ballymun shortly before 8pm.

On arrival, they discovered three young males who had suffered apparent gunshot wounds.

Ambulance

They were taken by ambulance to The Mater University Hospital and Temple Street Children's Hospital, where they were being treated for "minor injuries".

A source said the injuries were most likely caused by shotgun pellets.

The scene was being preserved last night for a technical and forensic examination.

Gardai in Ballymun are investigating the incident and have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 01 666 4400, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

No arrests had been made last night.

Local representative Noeleen Reilly of Sinn Fein told the Herald that tensions had been building up in the area in recent months, with more and more anti-social behaviour happening.

Ms Reilly said the area's gardai are depleted in attempting to deal with issues on guns and other anti-social issues, such as drugs.

"It's just awful," Ms Reilly said last night.

Fear

"I got a sense that this was building up in the community.

"There's never been less community gardai in the area than there is now.

"We certainly don't need guns in our area and with what's gone on in the north-inner city, you just tend to fear something will happen," she said.

"This is the second shooting [in the area] in a couple of months."

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