Gardaí said it was fortunate no one was killed in a “rough and ready” gun attack at a scrapyard, in which a customer received serious chest injuries.
Sources described the shooting in south-west Dublin as “clumsy” and “reckless” and said the gunman fled over walls, before escaping in a car.
Detectives suspect that the nature of the attack might suggest a “grudge” of some sort, but said it was “too early” to rule out other possibilities.
The shooting happened at 11.35am at a scrapyard on the Walkinstown side of the Greenhills Road.
The man entered the gates of the yard, just off what is a busy road to Tallaght, brandishing a shotgun.
“The guy comes in clumsily, like something from the OK Corral [wild west gunfight] and fires two shots,” one source told the Irish Examiner.
The man fired the shots in the direction of a number of people, including a customer, described as an innocent bystander, who received a serious injury to his chest.
A second person is thought to have received minor injuries, possibly from pellets.
“This was real rough and ready,” said a Garda source. “If you use a shotgun, you are not talking about a marksman.
“If you fire in the direction of a number of people you could hit anyone. It’s reckless. Thankfully, no one is dead.”
Sources said they will interview everyone in the yard as well as other staff to see if they know of any possible motive for the attack.
The injured man, aged 41, was taken to Tallaght Hospital and was described as being in a serious condition.
Some sources said the gunman then climbed over walls and made good his escape on foot. However, a Garda spokesman said the gunman escaped in a car.
They described the gunman as tall and wearing a grey tracksuit, but did not yet have a description for the driver. Gardaí said the getaway car, a Seat Ibiza 97D 44770, was abandoned nearby on Corrig Close, beside Tymon Park.
They are asking anyone who saw the car or who was on Greenhills Road area between 11am and 1pm to contact them at Crumlin Garda Station on 01-6666200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
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