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Saturday 18 August 2018

Mum’s grief as teenage boy (16) shot in the back

A TEENAGER had shotgun pellets lodged in his lungs and liver after he was blasted in the back in West Dublin.

Jason Flaherty (16) was having a conversation with another man at the front door of a house in Mulhuddart at 10.50pm last night when he was shot.

He was rushed to Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown where he is said to be in a critical but stable condition today.

The victim lived just yards from where the shooting took place on Whitestown Drive.

Jason's devastated mother Dolores told the Herald today that her son remains in intensive care with shotgun pellets lodged in major organs.

"I couldn't believe it when I heard what happened. I was shaking," she said.

“I got a call from Jason's phone, and when I answered it was one of his friends and he said, 'I don't want to frighten you Dolores, but Jay has been shot' and I started shaking.

“I dropped everything and ran to the house,” Dolores recalled.

“He said that he was around at his friend's house and there was a car that pulled up outside with young lads in it beeping the horn, and they went out and there was a row.

“Jason said he saw a young lad with a hood pulled tight down over his head and he pointed a gun at him, so he ran back into the house but the guy fired it just as he was passing the door.

Pain

“He's lucky he wasn't killed,” Dolores said, adding that she has no explanation as to why her son was shot at.

“He's in a lot of pain and he's fasting. The guards want to talk to him when he's able to. Nobody knows what's behind it at the moment,” she said.

“It's just terrible to think that there are young lads going around with guns like that. Jason could have been killed. Anyone standing in the doorway could have been killed.”

Surgeons have been painstakingly removing shotgun pellets from the 16-year-old's back but it's understood that he still has pellets fragments in his lungs and liver.

It is believed that the door frame absorbed most of the blast, but the victim received shotgun wounds to his side and back. The front door was badly damaged by gunshot blasts as the gunman fired a number of shots.

A garda spokesperson told the Herald that the shots were directed at the house from the street.

Chatting

He said the investigation was at an early stage and no arrest has been made yet.

Detectives are trying to ascertain whether the victim or the man he was chatting with were the targets of the attack.

The scene has been preserved and is undergoing a forensic examination by the scenes of crimes unit from Blanchardstown Garda Station. Detectives were conducting house-tohouse enquiries this morning.

“Just before 11 o'clock I heard this almighty bang and the next thing there were guards everywhere,” said one Whitestown resident.

Another said she saw three or four people running from the scene after the shooting.

“It was a big bang, and when I looked out I could see them running,” she said.

The damage to the door frame and pellet holes in the bottom of the door could be seen clearly in daylight today.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on (01) 6667000 the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

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