Gardai fear reprisals after mob boss shot in face in botched feud hit
Gardai are bracing for a major backlash after a mob boss leading a gang involved in the Drogheda feud was targeted in an attempted murder.
The 24-year-old was recovering in hospital last night after being blasted twice in the chin and shoulder.
The shooting happened at around 8.20pm in the Termon Abbey area of north Drogheda, and gardai are trying to ascertain how many people were involved.
Detectives are satisfied the shooting is directly linked to the feud which has seen around 80 violent incidents in the past year.
Gardai believe a number of shots were fired at the victim as he was sitting in his car.
Two bullets struck him while other rounds were lodged in his vehicle.
The man was rushed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The victim, who cannot be named as he is facing serious feud-related charges, is believed to be the leader of the mob that is at war with associates of paralysed criminal Owen Maguire.
The man shot yesterday was also targeted in a gun attack last month near Donaghmede Shopping Centre when a number of shots were fired but failed to hit him.
The 24-year-old is suspected of leading a gang of more than 30 associates including women and teenagers. The mob has ties across three counties - its stronghold in Drogheda as well as Meath and Dublin.
Two major criminals from the capital are suspected of being directly involved in the criminal network's operations.
The young gang leader lives in a number of different properties across Drogheda because of the threat on his life, and also has access to luxury vehicles.
He is suspected of directing his mob to carry out gun attacks on the Maguire faction, which has led to three murder attempts.
On July 5, a gunman fired multiple shots at Owen Mag- uire, who has been left paralysed and was in hospital for nine months.
Gardai suspect Maguire oversees a gang of at least 20 close associates, while also having close connections to recently-released mob boss Cornelius Price.
Maguire's brother Brendan also survived multiple gunshot wounds after being targeted at the M1 Retail Park in February.
In April, a 36-year-old man with links to the Maguires but no involvement in the feud was the target of a murder bid.
A gunman fired several shots at a house where a number of men were gardening.
The gang violence has led to the Emergency Response Unit (ERU) being deployed to Drogheda, while 25 new garda recruits have also been assigned there.