Wednesday 22 November 2017

Shots fired at house in Artane

Artane shooting
Artane shooting

A house hit by four shotgun blasts last night was previously the subject of a surveillance operation after detectives received information that it was about to be the target of a notorious north Dublin gang.

Shortly after 11pm yesterday the property at Whitehorn Avenue in Artane was shot at four times.

It has emerged today that all five people who were in the house at that time are completely innocent and have no involvement in crime.

A young man who arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting is believed to have been the intended target.

No one was injured in the attack which caused damage to the front door and front windows of the house.

The crime is being investigated by Coolock gardai and no one has been arrested yet.

Sources said that the intended target is a man in his early 20s who is facing serious charges before the courts.

He has also been informed that there is a credible threat against his life.

"Last night's incident could well have been carried out by a local criminal," a source explained.

In a previous incident linked to the suspected target, two young north inner city criminals were intercepted by gardai carrying out surveillance on him.

However, sources said that in turn, detectives had surveillance on the two suspects which led to their arrest after a dramatic late-night car chase involving a large number of garda patrol cars around four weeks ago.

Tensions have been high in north Dublin as detectives struggle with a number of feuds in the Coolock and Artane areas. This includes an increase in activity from a feared crime mob.


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