Wednesday 18 September 2019

Gun attack target flees for his life in shooting near shopping centre

A burnt-out car discovered at Kilfenora Drive in Donaghmede not far from the shopping centre
A burnt-out car discovered at Kilfenora Drive in Donaghmede not far from the shopping centre

Gardai are hunting for a gunman who opened fire in broad daylight just yards from a busy shopping centre.

Gardai are investigating reports that up to two shots were fired at a man in the capital's latest gun attack.

However, the intended target fled the scene on foot and gardai have not yet been able to identify him.

The brazen shooting was carried out at around 5.20pm in Grangemore Park, across from Donaghmede Shopping Centre in north Dublin, yesterday evening.

Escape

The shooter opened fire on a man near the centre, but his target managed to escape uninjured.

Emergency services were alerted to the scene and armed gardai swarmed the area in the aftermath of the gun attack.

However, no arrests have yet been made and efforts are underway to establish the gunman's identify.

A car was discovered on fire a short distance away in Kilfenora Drive and gardai believe it was the getaway vehicle used to transport the gunman from the scene.

It was discovered around 1km from the scene of the shooting, and investigators are now attempting to establish how the gunman fled after dumping the vehicle.

Gardai are expected to carry out forensic examinations of the car, although it was almost completely destroyed after being burnt out.

Officers also carried out searches at the shooting scene in an effort to uncover any evidence or shell casings at the location.

"It goes without saying that this was an indiscriminate shooting close to an area with a large concentration of people shopping," a source told the Herald.

"Gardai are anxious to track down those responsible but have not yet been able to identify the target or shooter, and are continuing to investigate the reports."

It is understood that the intended victim hasn't yet presented to any hospital with gunshot injuries or made a complaint to gardai following the incident.

Investigating

A garda spokeswoman said yesterday: "Gardai are at the scene of an incident that occurred outside the Donaghmede Shopping Centre, Dublin 13, at 5.20pm, on May 14.

"Shots were fired at a male. No injuries were sustained. Investigations are ongoing."

Detectives based at Coolock are investigating the gun attack.

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