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Man shot in backside as he ran for his life from crashed car after chase by gunmen

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Gardai seal off the scene in Clonee, Co Meath after a man was chased and shot

Gardai seal off the scene in Clonee, Co Meath after a man was chased and shot

Gardai seal off the scene in Clonee, Co Meath after a man was chased and shot

A 24-year-old man was shot in the buttocks following a high-speed car chase in the country's latest gun attack.

The victim - understood to be an Eastern European national who lives in Co Kildare - was recovering from his injuries at home last night after being discharged from Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown yesterday morning.

The gunman chased him on foot after the victim crashed into a parked car in Main Street, Clonee, Co Meath, at around 10.25pm on Monday.

His assailant fired three shots at him as he ran from the scene but hit the victim just once, in the buttocks.

The victim, who is known to gardai, ran toward the M3 motorway and phoned the emergency services after he was shot, and gardai and ambulance personnel quickly arrived at the scene.

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The gunman and the car he was travelling in fled the scene and there have so far been no arrests in the case, which is being investigated by Ashbourne gardai.

Officers are working on the theory that the victim had earlier attended a "meeting" with criminals at a location outside Clonee.

"It seems that whatever happened here, the meeting turned sour and the victim fled in his car," a source told the Herald last night.

"Gardai are working on the theory that there was a short car chase from just outside Dunboyne to Clonee, in which it's believed that the cars were travelling at high speed.

"It came to an end when the 24-year-old crashed his car into another vehicle and then fled on foot with his attackers firing shots at him.

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Gardai at the scene

Gardai at the scene

Gardai at the scene

"One of these bullets hit his backside but the young man suffered only minor injuries and was out of hospital early enough yesterday morning," the source said.

Gardai yesterday appealed for information in relation to the gun attack.

"Gardai are investigating a shooting incident that occurred at approximately 10.25pm on Monday, May 25, on Main Street, Clonee, Co Meath," a spokesman said.

"A man in his 20s was injured in the shooting and was removed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital where his injuries were described as non-life threatening.

"The scene of the shooting was preserved for a technical examination.

"Anyone with any information is asked to contact the incident room in Ashbourne Garda Station on 01 801 0600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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"No arrests have been made and investigations are ongoing."

According to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO), which were published in late March, there was a significant increase in weapon offences - including explosive attacks and shootings - in 2019.

There was a 9pc increase in shootings (up from 90 to 98); an 11pc rise in possession of a firearm (from 186 to 206); and a 7pc increase in possession of an offensive weapon (from 1,959 to 2,097).