Shock as man is blasted in the face with a shotgun
A farmer blasted in a shotgun attack is to undergo surgery for his injuries.
The 42-year-old victim was attacked near a laneway in Glenswilly, outside Letterkenny, Co Donegal, on Saturday.
The victim was treated at Letterkenny General Hospital for injuries to his face and shoulder before being transferred to Galway for further treatment.
His injuries are not life-threatening. It's understood he will need to undergo plastic surgery once his wounds heal.
A second man who was with the victim escaped injury and was able to run from the scene of the incident and raise the alarm.
The two men were sitting in a JCB digger when the shots were fired. The vehicle took the brunt of the blasts.
It's understood the incident may be linked to a dispute in the area.
A shotgun was later seized by gardai and a man was "helping gardai with their inquiries".
He has since been released pending further inquiries.
Forensic officers attended the scene and gardai are expected to formally interview the victim of the shooting later this week.
The incident has rocked the rural parish where it took place.
"This is normally a quiet, rural community and this incident has left absolutely everyone in shock," said one mum.
"The man who was hurt is a lovely fella and everyone hopes he makes a full recovery from his injuries."