Sunday 26 January 2020

Man suffers arm and leg wounds in latest city shooting

Gardai rushed to the scene
Gardai rushed to the scene

A man has been injured following the latest gun attack in Dublin.

The shooting happened at around 9.30pm last night in the Kilbarrack area of the city.

The victim suffered wounds to an arm and leg.

Gardai were alerted to reports of shots being fired in St Berach's Place and armed units were deployed to the scene.

The victim, believed to be in his mid-30s, was taken to Beaumont Hospital where his injuries have been described as non-life threatening.

Detectives are attempting to establish a motive for the gun attack and are investigating if it is linked to the recent violence in the Coolock area.

The scene was sealed-off for a technical examination and investigators are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, gardai seized a loaded handgun and arrested a 44-year-old man in a Dublin city centre hotel when they raided the suspect's room.

The incident happened at around 6pm yesterday at a hotel on Parnell Street.

A senior source told the Herald officers from Mountjoy Garda Station were called due to "serious concerns" about the suspect's well-being.


Gardai entered the hotel room and discovered the "agitated" suspect, who is originally from the Coolock area of the capital's northside.

A search of his room yielded a lethal fully loaded semi-automatic handgun, and the man was brought to Mountjoy Garda Station, where he was being detained last night.

Detectives are trying to establish what exactly the gun was to be used for and have not yet established what gang the suspect is linked to.

Although originally from Coolock, the 44-year-old spent a number of years living in Northern Ireland.

The man is said to have no current address in this State.

"It is too early to say what he was up to - it is being investigated whether he had been enlisted to kill someone or had been holding the handgun for a gang," a senior source said.

"There are no obvious links at the moment between him and the gangs operating at the moment in the city, but everything is being explored and his movements will be tracked through CCTV.

"The reason gardai arrived at the hotel was because of concerns about his welfare, and they had not expected to find a loaded gun there.

"It is all a bit of a mystery at the moment," the source continued.

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