Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Man fights for life after shooting

A teenager is in hospital after being shot in a gangland-style gun attack in west Dublin

A young man is fighting for his life after being shot a number of times in the neck during the latest gangland-style gun attack.

The 20-year-old was walking along Moorfield Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin, shortly after 7pm, when a car pulled up alongside him and at least one gunman opened fire.

The victim was not far from his home at the time of the attack.

A burnt out car was found on Woodford Parade, off Monastery Road, a short time afterwards.

The shot man was rushed to Tallaght Hospital where his condition was described as serious.

Investigating gardai believe more than one person was involved in the attack. No arrests have yet been made.

The scene of the shooting, a housing estate, has been sealed off for a forensic examination.

Detectives at Ronanstown Garda station have appealed for information. They are trying to establish a motive for the attack and are investigating if it is drug related.

It happened on the same street where 20-year-old Dean Johnson was shot dead almost two years ago. Several shots were fired at him as he sat in a car near his home with a young woman in May 2011. He died later in hospital.

Local councillor Matthew McDonagh said the estate is usually one of the quieter parts of north Clondalkin. "It's shocking what happened," he said. "It's sick, the gun crime, young people just losing their lives and fighting for their lives. It (gun crime) had gone quiet for a long time but it seems to be turning back."

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