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Friday 19 October 2018

Armed gardai raid home of mobster being treated in hospital for bullet in hand

'It is the second time in a month that armed gardai have searched the property, with officers also failing to recover any illegal items on the first occasion.' (stock photo)
'It is the second time in a month that armed gardai have searched the property, with officers also failing to recover any illegal items on the first occasion.' (stock photo)

More than 20 heavily armed gardai were involved in a late-night raid on the home of a criminal who had been shot in the hand just hours earlier.

Members of the Armed Support Unit were backed up by local detectives when they stormed the property in the Deanstown area of Finglas at around 11pm on Monday.

However, the target of the operation was in the Mater Hospital at the time, where he was being treated for injuries after arriving at 5pm with a bullet lodged in his left hand.

The officers' search for firearms, ammunition and drugs failed to yield any result.

It is understood that the 30-year-old criminal has since been discharged from hospital.

It is the second time in a month that armed gardai have searched the property, with officers also failing to recover any illegal items on the first occasion.

Mystery surrounds what exactly happened to the gangster as he is failing to co-operate with the investigation into the incident.

However, gardai have established that the shooting happened in broad daylight on Monday afternoon in Cardiffsbridge Road.

While detectives initially investigated whether the criminal's injuries were self-inflicted, they are now probing reports that he was sitting in a car when he was approached by a senior member of the rival 'Mr Flashy' gang.

It has been claimed that the victim got out of the car to confront the younger rival but was then shot in the hand from a distance with a handgun, before the young gunman fled the area on foot.

The suspect in the shooting was last year involved in a savage supermarket car park attack on two members of the rival faction.

No arrests have yet been made over Monday's incident.

Brick

It is understood that the target's car was recently attacked by members of the rival gang, who also threw a brick through the window of his home earlier this month.

Monday's events are just the latest chapter in the bitter Finglas feud which has seen two rival local gangs, one of which is linked to the Kinahan cartel and the other to the Hutch mob, go to war with each other.

Sources say the gang warfare has been "further complicated" by a love dispute over a young local woman involving two of the main protagonists in the feud.

The shooting happened just a day after a six-year-old boy had a lucky escape when his terrified mother lay on top of him after three gunmen stormed her west Dublin home and fired three shots indiscriminately.

This incident unfolded at around 10.30pm on Sunday, when the trio burst into the property intent on murdering a man who has close links to the 'Mr Flashy' side.

Gardai have not made any arrests in relation to the handgun attack, which happened at a house in Wellview Crescent, Mulhuddart, and is being investigated by officers from Blanchardstown Garda Station.

However, senior sources have told the Herald that the "murder attempt" is linked to the bitter feud which has been going on in the area for almost a year.

After a truce between the rival gangs, tensions in the Finglas feud have been steadily increasing since nine shots were fired at a house in Ratoath Drive which was previously the headquarters of on-the-run hitman for the Kinahan cartel.

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