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Friday 15 December 2017

Man survives shotgun blast to the face

A 25-year-old man is expected to make a full recovery after he was blasted in the face with a shotgun in west Dublin.

The shooting happened at Whitestown Park in Hartstown shortly before 2pm yesterday.

Sources say that the incident is not linked to gangland crime but happened as part of a bitter local dispute which has been "simmering" for a number of months.

The victim was on the street when the gunman -- who is well known to him -- fired at him with a shotgun.

The 25-year-old avoided serious injury when he was hit with pellets from the shotgun, but he is understood to have lost a lot of blood at the scene of the attack.

The victim managed to stagger to the safety of his home in nearby Whitestown Avenue.



Manhunt

Gardai were notified of the incident after receiving a 999 call and a 31-year-old suspect was picked up shortly afterwards.

He is still in custody in Blanchardstown Garda Station today and sources say that the suspect is "very likely" to face charges in relation to the incident.

The victim was rushed to Connolly Hospital and later transferred to Beaumont. He is in a stable condition and is expected to be discharged as early as today.

Sources say that the shooting in Whitestown is in no way linked to notorious local criminal David Goulding, who survived a gun attack last week. A manhunt is underway for Goulding (32), who fled when three of his associates pepper-sprayed and assaulted uniformed gardai who were monitoring him in hospital.

The shocking incident happened outside the Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown on Tuesday evening.

Goulding then fled the scene in a speeding car.

Goulding was due to be discharged from hospital on Tuesday, and was then to be arrested by officers on an outstanding bench warrant.

Gardai were due to execute the warrant when he was officially discharged from hospital when he recovered from his injuries.

Sources say that gardai now believe a woman played an "active part" in Tuesday's mayhem.

kfoy@herald.ie

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