Gardaí fear the attempted murder of a man in the early hours of yesterday has resurrected a feud that previously claimed the life of a youth and the near killing of an unarmed garda.
Yesterday’s victim was found on Monasterboice Road in Crumlin, south Dublin at around 4am.
He was shot at several times and suffered gunshot wounds to his abdomen.
The man, 33, underwent surgery yesterday and is expected to recover.
Tensions in the general area have already been high with expectations that the Hutch gang would conduct revenge attacks on senior members of the Kinahan crime cartel who live in several addresses nearby.
Yesterday’s shooting is not being linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud, but a local conflict, although one of the main criminals involved, currently serving a lengthy prison sentence, is associated with a leading figure in the Kinahan cartel.
The victim is closely associated with a young man who died in 2009, following a shooting in 2007.
That murder was during the height of the Crumlin-Drimnagh feud, which claimed up to 16 lives in the area between 2000 and 2012.
Ian Kenny, 22, was shot in a car in Stillorgan, south Dublin, by his friend Jonathan Dunne in July 2007. Mr Kenny was shot in the head and shoulder and was left in a permanent vegetative state and died over two years later.
Dunne claimed to gardaí he was ordered to do the shooting by gang bosses in Crumlin in order to repay a lost drug consignment.
Associates of one of these bosses previously carried out a drive-by shooting on Monasterboice Road in September 2006.
Following the shooting, three uniformed gardaí positioned themselves outside the home of Mr Kenny in case the attackers came back, which they did.
Sergeant Mark Clarke was hit in the chest and arm when he went to protect Mr Kenny as the attackers opened fire. He survived but was left with pellets in his body that could not be removed.
It is thought that the latest victim was shot on the street.
Emergency services were alerted to the scene and the victim was taken to St James’s Hospital. His injuries were not considered life-threatening.
Gardaí conducted local inquiries yesterday to see if people heard gunshots or saw anyone acting suspiciously or any vehicle on the street at the time.
Ballistic experts were conducting an examination at the scene yesterday.
People with information can contact Sundrive Rd garda station on 01 666 6600, or the garda confidential telephone line 1800 666 111.
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