By David Raleigh
It is being reported that a teenage boy who was shot in Limerick today is a relative of a convicted murderer.
The 17-year-old was shot in the thigh near train tracks in the Janesboro area shortly before 10am.
He managed to flee the gunman and make his way to a green on Carey's Road where he collapsed.
He was initially treated at the scene by paramedics who transferred him to University Hospital Limerick where his condition is stable.
Emergency services responded to the incident at 10.10am this morning and discovered the youth in a collapsed state and loosing blood from one of his legs.
Gardaí, who said the boy was known to them, are trying to ascertain a motive for the shooting.
A source said the boy, who is from Garryowen on the south of Limerick, had no history of being involved in serious gun crime.
Blood stained bandages where the 17-year-old boy collapsed. Pic: Press 22.
A relative of the boy is serving a life sentence for shooting another man dead in Limerick.
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 Gardai 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.