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Man (22) blasted in both legs in latest Dublin gun attack

GARDAI are trying to establish a motive for the shooting of a 22-year-old man at a Dublin pub.

This was the scene of the city's latest shooting -- at Martin's Lounge in Clonshaugh Shopping Centre, Priorswood, Dublin 17 -- where the man was blasted twice in the legs.

Robert Redmond, from Kilbarrack, was rushed to Beaumont Hospital after he was targeted shortly before 6pm yesterday.

He sustained serious leg injuries but his condition is not life-threatening.

A gunman is believed to have targeted Mr Redmond just inside the doorway of the pub before fleeing the scene.

CCTV in the carpark was being examined by gardai today to see if it captured any images of the gunman or the victim.

One of the cameras is pointed at the door of the pub where the shooting occurred, the second one is focused on the car park.

Attack

A source told the Herald: "We are still trying to establish a motive for this attack. It's a miracle that the victim was not seriously injured, as the shooting was carried out at close range. It may be the case that the gunman intended to maim, but not to kill.

"Any and all motives are being examined at this point."

The gunman fled the scene in a car -- which was later found in the Newbury housing estate, just a short distance away.

Gardai in Coolock appealed for witnesses or anybody with any information to come forward on 01 666 04200.

The gun attack is the second serious firearms incident in the city in recent days.

A Lithuanian man, Virgis Aleksiunas (38), remains in hospital after he was shot and injured outside his home at Aiken's Village in Sandyford, Co Dublin, last Friday morning.

Mr Aleksiunas, an innocent man who works in the charity clothes collecting business, was targeted by a two-man hit team who opened fire as he sat in his car to drive his son Alex (17) to school.

His son suffered minor injuries when struck by flying glass -- the windscreen was shattered by up to half-a-dozen bullets. However, Mr Aleksiunas remains in a serious condition, having been hit in the chest and face.

Gardai believe that an Eastern European gang, based in north county Dublin, targeted the innocent businessman. The gang is involved in stealing charity clothes collections and selling them on the continent, often at a sizeable profit.

cfeehan@herald.ie