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Wednesday 22 August 2018

Gun gardai rush to city estate after shots fired

'The Herald has learned that officers investigating the incident believe a criminal from the area randomly fired a number of shots into the air.' (stock photo)
'The Herald has learned that officers investigating the incident believe a criminal from the area randomly fired a number of shots into the air.' (stock photo)

An armed garda alert was sparked at the weekend after a criminal allegedly fired a number of shots in a west Dublin housing estate.

Gardai received reports of a shooting in the early hours of yesterday near the Blakestown Road in Mulhuddart.

Armed units rushed to the scene and found a number of spent cartridges in the driveway of a house, as well as in the nearby Hartstown Park.

No injuries were reported, and the matter is under investigation.

It is understood that neighbours reported the incident after hearing a number of gunshots.

The Herald has learned that officers investigating the incident believe a criminal from the area randomly fired a number of shots into the air.

No one was specifically targeted.

The man, who is in his late-20s, is well-known to local gardai and is the chief suspect in an armed robbery earlier this year, during which a number of shots were fired.

"Gardai believe he is involved in dealing drugs, and has recently had a falling out with his associates in the Blanchardstown area," a source said.

"At this stage it appears he was randomly firing shots into the air, and no one was being targeted.

"Obviously, the matter is being taken very seriously given that shots were fired in a residential estate.

"This man has fallen out with criminals in the area, so there is a possibility he has armed himself for protection, but at the moment it appears that the shots were fired at no one in particular."

Among the crimes the man is suspected of is a botched robbery of a west Dublin pub several weeks ago during which staff were threatened with a sawn-off shotgun.

Balaclava

A number of shots were also discharged during the early morning attempted robbery at The Paddocks, Clonee, on June 11.

A man wearing a balaclava entered the pub with a sawn-off shotgun and demanded money from two employees, as well as threatening them at gunpoint

He then fired a number of shots before fleeing the scene empty-handed.

The botched raid took place at around 8am and no injuries were reported to gardai.

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