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Sunday 25 August 2019

Man 'lucky to be alive' after bullet grazes head

A car was later found burned out in nearby Huntstown Wood
A car was later found burned out in nearby Huntstown Wood

The victim of Dublin's latest gun attack is lucky to be alive after being blasted several times at close range.

Saulius Margis (41), originally from Lithuania, was sitting in a car in Blanchardstown when he was shot up to three times by a gunman.

Armed gardai flooded the area following the gun attack in Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, at around 5.30pm on Saturday.

Detectives are now attempting to establish a possible motive for the shooting.

Sources said the victim only has a small number of previous convictions for road traffic offences and was not known for involvement in criminality.

Targeted

"This appears to be a very targeted attack but the victim is not someone who would be known to gardai," a source said.

"A number of theories will be explored by the investigation team to determine who was behind this shooting."

Mr Margis was sitting in a black Volkswagen Passat when he was approached by at least two men.

One, who was carrying a handgun, opened fire as shocked children playing nearby looked on in horror.

The men then fled the scene and a car, believed to have been used in the shooting, was later found burned out in nearby Huntstown Wood.

The victim was treated at the scene for gunshot wounds but was able to communicate with emergency services while receiving treatment.

He was brought to James Connolly Memorial Hospital, where he was assessed and treated but was expected to be discharged last night.

"This man is very lucky to be alive and it appears that one of the bullets struck his head but only grazed him," a source said.

"The other shots entered his body but again did not cause life-threatening injuries, and he is already expected to be let out of hospital."

No arrests have yet been made.

"Gardai attended a shooting incident which occurred at Castlecurragh Heath, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, on Saturday, June 29, at approximately 5:30pm," a garda statement said.

"A man (early 40s) was shot a number of times and taken to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown in a serious condition. Investigations are ongoing."

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