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Monday 18 December 2017

Teenage car thief is shot in head by 'pal of jailed gang boss'

Gardai at the scene in Shancastle Park
Gardai at the scene in Shancastle Park

A Dublin teenager was fighting for his life last night after being shot in the head in Clondalkin.

Convicted car thief Scott Purdue (19) was in the front garden of a house in Shancastle Park when he was gunned down late on Friday night.

Gardai believe the shooting may have been carried out by an associate of jailed gang boss Thomas Freeman.

Freeman, from Deansrath Grove, Clondalkin, is serving a 12-year sentence for an armed raid on a house in Galway.

Feud

It is believed an associate recently took issue with Purdue and his friends.

The gang linked to Freeman had previously been involved in a feud with the so-called Infamous D22 gang, which was led by Karl Breen.

Breen's gang was wiped out in the gang war and he died after overdosing on drugs in February 2015.

He had been released from jail the previous October after serving a sentence for the killing of his friend Martin McLaughlin (21) at a New Year party in a Dublin hotel.

The gang members involved in a feud with Breen's crew are considered serious figures in the west Dublin crime world.

One of the gang's main players is also understood to have had an argument with pals of Purdue in court a couple of weeks ago and gardai are investigating if it is linked to the shooting.

Scott Purdue
Scott Purdue

Purdue was also a friend of Lucan fitness instructor John Gibson, who was shot dead earlier this year, a week after his pal Darragh Nugent was killed.

A west Dublin gang involved in a dispute with jailed criminal James 'Nellie' Walsh is believed to have been responsible for both deaths.

It is understood Purdue was visiting friends at the house when he was targeted.

Supt John Gordon of Lucan Garda Station appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

He said it was too early to give a description of the gunman or to say whether they acted alone, what direction they went in or if they used a vehicle.

"We have yet to establish a lot of things," he said.

Meanwhile, another teenager was injured in an unrelated shooting in Ballymun in the early hours of yesterday.

Nathan Brennan suffered an abdominal wound when a gunman fired shots at a house in Barnwell Drive at about 2.20am.

He was taken to the Mater Hospital where he was treated for his injuries.

Mr Brennan is friends with a man whose house was fired on as part of a feud in Ballymun over the summer.

Rifle

There was also a shooting in Athlone, injuring a man in his 20s, on Saturday night.

It is understood a juvenile who discovered a rifle in a parked car at Retreat Road at 9.40pm picked it up and it was discharged, hitting the man who was walking nearby.

The victim, who was not deliberately targeted, was wounded in the lower leg.

He was taken to the Midland Regional Hospital in Tullamore, where he was treated. He has since been released.

The juvenile male who was holding the gun was arrested and detained at Athlone Garda Station.

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