By David Raleigh
A teenage boy, whose 12-year-old sister led Gardaí on a high speed chase in a stolen car through Limerick, has been rushed to hospital after being shot this morning.
The 17-year-old injured youth was shot in the thigh in the Janesboro area before he made his way to a green area and collapsed on a Upper Carey's Road, Limerick city.
Emergency services responded to the incident at 10.10am this morning and treated the injured party at the scene before removing him by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick.
His condition is understood to be stable.
Gardaí are trying to ascertain a motive for the shooting.
A Garda source said the injured youth is known to them but would not be involved in gun crime.
In September 2008, the youth's 12-year-old sister appeared in court after leading Gardaí on a high speed chase in a stolen car through Limerick city.
The girl stole the van in the Garryowen area of Limerick city at 3am on the morning in question and drove it across the city with no headlights to the main garda station located in Henry Street.
Outside the garda district head office, the young girl beeped the horn and taunted officers.
She then drove off on the wrong side of the road, broke a number of red lights, and drove the wrong way down one-way streets as several patrol cars chased after her.
She collided with a patrol car after she was eventually blocked in by officers, but fled through a housing estate with Gardaí giving chase on foot.
In October of the same year, the girl appeared in court charged with assaulting a security man at a city centre store with a hammer.
Gardaí at Roxboro Road are investigating this morning's shooting.