Community leaders have appealed for calm after a man was injured in a retaliation shooting linked to an ongoing feud between rival gangs on the northside of Cork City.
Gardaí believe the shooting may be linked to a row in the area earlier in the day between the gangs — which includes members of one family on one side and the members of two families on the other — and say they are pursuing several lines of enquiry.
And there were also reports the injured man may not have been the intended target.
The 20-year-old was standing with a group of people in the Fairfield in the Fairhill area at around 11.30pm on Friday when they were approached by another group.
A member of that group produced a weapon gardaí believe was a handgun and it was fired at the other gang from some distance away. The 20-year-old suffered a gunshot wound to his back. His attackers fled the area on foot and his friends rushed him to a house in the nearby Bride Valley View estate.
He was taken from there by ambulance to Cork University Hospital where his injuries were described as not life threatening.
He was discharged from hospital over the weekend.
Gardaí preserved two scenes — the area where the shooting occurred and the house where he was found — for forensic and technical examinations.
Supt Con Cadogan said gardaí are now investigating all the circumstances surrounding the incident to establish if it is linked to an earlier row between the opposing groups.
Local Sinn Féin councillor Mick Nugent described the shooting as a “worrying and frightening” incident. “I would appeal to people to be calm and to co-operate with the gardaí,” he said.
* Anyone with information is asked to contact Gurranabraher garda station on tel: 021-4946200 or the Garda confidential line on tel: 1800 666 111.
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