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Monday 20 August 2018

Businessman shot five times in gang murder bid

A MAN has survived after his car was shot up by a West Dublin gang who attempted to extort money from him.

Businessman Sean Enright was hit five times as his VW Golf was riddled with nine bullets.

The gym-owner and music promoter (30) was singled out for execution after refusing to hand over cash to the mob, believed to be behind a number of Tiger kidnappings.

The dad-of-two was seriously injured when a gunman pumped five bullets into him as he sat in a car outside his girlfriend's home at Rusheeney Manor, Clonsilla, at 9.30pm last night.

Three shots lodged in Mr Enright's chest.

As a major investigation got underway, sources told the Herald that an extortion plot is the main motive for the attack.

The mob behind the plot are also suspected of being involved in a number of "tiger" kidnappings in recent years.

"A major west Dublin gang are extorting cash from businessmen, or attempting to. If you don't pay you get threatened. This group are the chief suspects for the shooting," a source said.

"Mr Enright would be well known in the bodybuilding and dance music businesses and he would be a target."

In a separate incident, two bumbling gunmen were caught by gardai after crashing their bike while making a getaway from a house shooting in Ballyfermot at 1am today.

Mr Enright is a champion bodybuilder and also ran the Escape dance festival.

The Navan-based festival hit the headlines 18 months ago when Finglas brothers Alan and Wayne Bradley were photographed wearing the shirts in Dublin. Mr Enright denied any association with them.

The businessman, who is a champion bodybuilder, is in a serious condition at James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown today. He is originally from the Cabra area but has been living in Clonsilla.

He was hit five times as he got out of his car at his girlfriend's house in Rusheeney Village, Clonsilla. The gunman fired nine bullets at the car from a handgun. Mr Enright was hit three times in the chest, once in the arm and once in the leg.

Minutes earlier, Enright had arrived at the scene in a blue VW Golf car. He was in the vehicle when the gunman ran up to him, opened fire with a handgun, and made his getaway.

Despite his injuries, Enright walked to the ambulance that rushed to the scene. He was later described as being in a serious condition after undergoing surgery for gunshot wounds to his chest and upper body.

Today, the blue VW Golf GTI driven by Enright was sealed off outside his house on Rusheeney Manor in Clonsilla, with nine bullet holes visible in the side window and windscreen.

Three of the bullets went straight through the car and exited the passenger door, peeling back the metal door skin as they came out the other side.

Blood stains could be seen in the driveway and the hall of Enright's house where he escaped to safety while the gunmen made their getaway.

Gardai think the gunman was driven from the scene. A car was later found burnt out nearby and tests will be carried out to establish if it was used in the getaway. In the second -- and unrelated -- shooting incident overnight, shots were fired at a house in the Croftwood area of Ballyfermot at around 1am.

While nobody was injured, the two men suspected to have been involved crashed their motorbike on the Davitt Road shortly afterwards. A sawn-off shotgun was recovered before the men were taken to hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

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