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Thursday 14 December 2017

Man arrested for shooting that left dad (38) in coma

Gardai examine the scene of Christopher Maguire’s shooting. Picture Colin Keegan
Gardai examine the scene of Christopher Maguire’s shooting. Picture Colin Keegan

Gardai have arrested a man in connection with the shooting of a father-of-two in Lusk.

Christopher Maguire (38) was left clinging to life after being targeted by a gunman at Dun Emer Place in Lusk last July.

He was shot at five times and hit in the head and the chest during the attack. At the time, it was feared he would not survive the incident.

However, he made a miraculous recovery and was released from hospital last year after spending a number of weeks recuperating.

Gardai arrested a man yesterday afternoon in connection with the shooting. Last night, he was being questioned in Balbriggan Garda Station.

After the shooting last year, gardai had said they were following hundreds of lines of enquiry.

Appealing

"I would like to thank members of the public who have provided information and assistance in the investigation to date," Superintendent Noel Carolan said.

"Several hundred separate lines of inquiry are being followed by investigating gardai, with assistance from detectives attached to the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

"I am again appealing to anyone with information to contact the incident room."

As well as information about the shooting, Supt Carolan said gardai are seeking help tracing the movements of a white Volkswagen Golf, bearing a Northern Ireland registration number - XFZ 9316.

Supt Carolan added that gardai are interested in the car's movements in the days and hours leading up to 10am on Tuesday July 5, 2016.

Of particular interest are any sightings of the car in the areas of Dun Emer Estate and Kilhedge Lane, Lusk.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Balbriggan Garda Station.

Maguire is the latest gun victim shot in the head who has later regained consciousness.

Innocent bouncer Wayne Barrett was shot in the head while working at the door of the infamous Player's Lounge pub in Fairview, north Dublin, in 2010.

Miracle

The gunman was intending to target RIRA man Alan Ryan, but hit innocent Mr Barrett and two other customers of the pub by mistake.

Mr Barrett was placed in an induced coma, but later recovered from his injuries in what his family described as a miracle.

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