Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Family's hospital vigil after Sean (6) is shot in the neck

Gardai have arrested a man on suspicion of withholding information in the investigation into the shooting of Sean Scully

A six-year-old boy is recovering in hospital surrounded by family after he was shot in the neck in Dublin.

Gardai have arrested a man on suspicion of withholding information in the investigation into the shooting of Sean Scully.

The child had been playing on a green area at Croftwood Gardens, Ballyfermot, in the west of the city.

Opposition parties called for an urgent meeting with both gardai and Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald, who condemned the shooting as barbaric.

Ms Fitzgerald has now been urged to hold a party-wide meeting of politicians to discuss gun crime.

Sean's life was saved when a passer-by put pressure on his neck injury.

The young boy was just metres from his home and with friends when a gunman opened fire after 10pm last Friday. Gardai yesterday arrested a relative of the boy, a man in his 30s, in the Ballyfermot area. It is understood he is was questioned about withholding information.

It is believed that the intended target of the shooting was a relative of Sean's. A row had broken out between two brothers and a relative, who ran towards a house. As he was trying to escape, the gunman opened fire, missing the intended target and instead hitting Sean.

Sean is in a stable condition in Crumlin Children's Hospital after undergoing surgery and there are concerns that he may have suffered long-term injuries.