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Saturday 16 December 2017

Man almost bled to death from gunshot wound in leg

Garda: File photo
Garda: File photo

A 22-year-old man who almost bled to death after he was shot was saved because of the quick actions of gardai.

Gardai investigating the shooting, which occurred in the Old Tower Crescent estate in Clondalkin, seized a loaded revolver which may have been used in the attack. No arrests have yet been made in the case.

Officers from Ronanstown Garda Station became aware that a man had been shot at around 8am on Saturday and discovered a local man lying on the ground in agony.

Sources revealed that he had been shot in the lower left leg and had lost a huge amount of blood by the time that gardai arrived at the scene.

The victim, who is well known to gardai, was rushed to Tallaght Hospital but has so far not co-operated with the investigation.

After the young man was brought to hospital, gardai preserved the scene of the gun attack and seized a car in the housing estate.

They then searched a house in the area and recovered a loaded revolver which was "most likely" used in the shooting.

A 30-year-old chief suspect, who is from the locality, has been identified but sources say that it may be difficult to press charges because officers have not received a complaint.

"This is a situation where a row at a house party went out of control after verbal insults were exchanged.

"A gun was produced and a young man lost a huge amount of blood as a result of being shot. Nobody has been arrested," a senior source explained.

The shooting victim who is understood to be recovering from his injuries, was previously cleared of charges of possession of thousands of euro worth of stolen electrical equipment.

kfoy@herald.ie

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