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Monday 20 November 2017

'Blood was flowing out of him' recalls dad in gun drama

A 32-year-old man is in hospital after being shot twice at his Dublin home.

The victim, named locally as Paul White, was shot in the stomach and leg at his family home at Rowlagh Avenue, in Clondalkin, shortly after 5.30pm yesterday evening.

Mr White was approached by a man armed with a handgun -- but the victim managed to flee into a neighbouring house.

The woman occupant of the house contacted the emergency services.

Witnesses said they saw one man in a balaclava helmet running away.

Gardai are probing whether the gun attack is linked to a row which occurred in a pub in the Liffey Valley area of the capital during the Christmas period.

The victim is not well known to gardai and only has convictions for public order offences.

A source said: "It looks like this man will pull through, but there was definitely intent to kill him."







Surgery

Mr White underwent surgery at Tallaght Hospital last night and detectives hope to interview him today.

The scene of the shooting at Rowlagh Avenue remained sealed off by gardai today pending a forensic examination by gardai.

While there was no visible damage to the porch on the front of the house, there was a hole in the glass panel of the front door within, indicating that the gunman may have fired from within the porch as the door was about to be answered, or punched the barrel of the gun through the lead glass panel before firing.

After the shooting Mr White ran out his back door and clambered over garden walls until he got to a house a few doors away.

"My daughter was in the kitchen making the dinner when there was banging on the back door, and she came in and told me there was a man out there," said the owner of the house that White fled to.

"I opened the door and the lad came in and asked us to call an ambulance and the guards. He was crying out with the pain and said he'd been shot," the man added.

"I'm not sure where he was hit but the blood was flowing out of him, so we just called the ambulance and tended to him as best we could until the medics arrived," the man said.

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