A 28-year-old criminal who was shot in the arm has been the victim of a sinister graffiti campaign in recent weeks, the Herald can reveal.
This is the first photo of Darren McGarry (28) who remained in Tallaght Hospital last night where he drove himself after being shot in an attempted murder on Wednesday night.
Sources said that gardai were probing reports that McGarry may have been targeted as part of a personal dispute, but have also not ruled out his involvement in the Tallaght drugs trade
"This man had enemies and evidence of this was graffiti which has targeted him in recent weeks in Tallaght was being looked at," a source said last night.
"He had a lucky escape in that he was only shot in the arm despite the gunman firing a number of shots at him from a handgun," the source added.
It is believed the would-be assassin had been hiding in wait for him in bushes in the Kingswood estate.
McGarry is well known to gardai. In January 2012 he was convicted of dealing cocaine after he was caught with seven bags of the drug worth €375 in the south inner city the previous June.
It emerged in court that McGarry swapped his motorbike for 50 bags of cocaine to share with his friends at the Oxegen music festival.
In March 2009, the then 21-year-old was sent to jail for a week after he was found with a metal knuckleduster after gardai chased him along a Dublin city centre street.
McGarry, originally from Tymon Road North in Tallaght, admitted before Tallaght District Court to two counts of threatening and abusive behaviour as well as possession of a metal knuckleduster.
He also received a two-month jail sentence in August 2010, after he "swung" at a female garda when he became upset because he thought she read personal text messages between him and his girlfriend.
McGarry tried to hit the garda when she searched him after she saw what looked like a bag of cannabis herb lying on the ground near a group of youths at Tymon North Gardens.
In another case in July, 2011, McGarry was fined €1,000 for affray after he was involved in a 20-minute fight in an internet shop when he stripped to the waist and knocked over a number of DVD stands and tossed furniture around.
There have been no arrests so far in the investigation into Wednesday's reckless shooting.