Gardaí search for gun following arrests in Cork

Gardaí are questioning two men after shots were fired outside a flat and a high-speed car chase ensued through Cork’s suburbs yesterday.

The men, both in their late 20s and both with addresses in the city, were arrested after their car crashed outside Páirc Uí Rinn GAA stadium as thousands of fans arrived for adouble-header.

Fans watched in horror as the car encountered match-traffic, was cornered by two Garda cars, then struck a Garda car and a private car as the men tried to escape, before being subdued by a combination of uniformed gardaí and armed detectives.

Gardaí were searching last night for what is believed to be a sawn-off shotgun used in the incident earlier.

It began to unfold around 2pm when gardaí received reports of a loud bang in the Noonan Road area, followed by reports that a man was seen carrying a shotgun.

No one was injured in the shooting which may be linked to a drugs feud.

Gardaí are trying to establish if there is a connection between the shooting and the stabbing, in the early hours of yesterday morning, of a man with connections to the occupant of a flat in the area.

Gardaí were responding when they spotted two men known to them in a car fleeing the scene.

The suspects sped off through Ballyphehane, Turner’s Cross, and along the Well Rd in Douglas, before heading city-bound along the Boreenmanna Rd .

The suspects crashed just outside the stadium. They were arrested at the scene.

Both were being detained last night, one in Togher Garda Station and the other in the Bridewell, under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences of the State Act .

Local councillor Mick Finn said the incident represents a serious escalation of criminal activity in the area and requires a comprehensive response from gardaí.


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