A YOUNG man was shot in the leg in the early hours of this morning in south inner city Dublin.
His companion, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, escaped uninjured in the incident.
The shooting happened at around 5.10am at the corner of a cul-de-sac at the Slieve Bloom Park estate in Drimnagh.
The victim, aged 21, suffered an injury to his upper leg. He was named locally as David McNally, of Coultry Place, Ballymun.
He was taken to St James’s Hospital where his injury was described as not life-threatening.
Mr McNally’s companion is from Cappagh Drive in Finglas.
It is understood that the gunman fled the scene on foot in the direction of the Long Mile Road.
Gardai sealed the area and closed off the road as officers carried out a forensic examination.
Officers were today trying to establish what the young men were doing so far from their northside homes at such an early hour.
Locals in the estate told
“You wouldn’t usually get that around here. I didn’t know what was going on when I woke up to see the garda cars,” one man said.
The street corner where the shooting took place is only a short distance from a national school.
“You don’t want the children going to school seeing that and asking their parents what’s happened,” the man added.
Gardai at Crumlin station have appealed for anyone with any information on the incident to get in touch with them on 01-666 6200.