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Bodybuilder back 10 months after being shot 3 times in chest

THESE are the horrific bullet wounds that a 31-year-old music promoter suffered after being targeted in a gangland-style attack.

Bodybuilder Sean Enright has made a miraculous recovery after being shot six times, including three times in the chest, outside his girlfriend's home in Clonsilla, west Dublin, at 9pm on January 27 last.

The major scarring from the three gun shots to his chest was clearly evident as he posed at yesterday's Mr Ireland bodybuilding finals.

It is understood that the fitness fanatic survived the attempted murder bid because he was wearing a bullet proof vest and his muscular physique is said to have aided his recovery.

Last night, Mr Enright was competing in the finals of the National Amateur Bodybuilders Association's Mr Ireland event.

Sources say that the garda investigation into the shooting is "active" but nine months later, no one has been arrested.

It is understood the main focus of the investigation is that Mr Enright was victim of an extortion attack by a dissident criminal gang trying to extract money from business people.

Mr Enright, who runs Universal Gym in Ballycoolin, north Dublin, was the promoter behind a popular dance music event, Escapefest, in the years before he was shot

Originally from the Cabra area, Mr Enright is a father of two who spent over a week in James Connolly Memorial Hospital after being shot.

Apart from being hit three times in the chest, he was also shot in the arm and leg but all the shots missed his vital organs.

Mr Enright was attacked just moments after arriving in the Rusheeny Estate, Clonsilla, in his blue Volkswagen Golf. The gunman fired nine bullets at the car from a handgun. Despite his extensive injuries, Mr Enright was able to walk to an ambulance that rushed to the scene in the aftermath of the shooting.

A burned-out car was later found on nearby Huntstown Avenue.

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