Five arrested in connection with shooting of six-year-old

FIVE people were arrested yesterday in connection with the shooting of a six-year-old girl in Limerick city last weekend.

The four men and one woman were being held at a number of stations throughout Limerick.

The girl was injured in what was thought to be a feud-related attack while she was playing near her home in the Lilac Court estate, Southill, last Saturday afternoon.

Those arrested were being held under Section 30 of the Offences against the State Act.

The child was shot with what gardaí believe was a pump action shotgun.

She was discharged from hospital after she was treated for pellet wounds to her legs.

Two of the five arrested were still being held last night under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. Those arrested are in their 20s and 30s and include one woman.

Meanwhile, gardaí and the Criminal Assets Bureau carried out a number of planned raids yesterday in the continuing campaign against Limerick’s feuding gangs.

A 08 registered 4x4 vehicle worth in excess of €50,000 was seized in St Mary’s Park, where the Keane Collopy gang is based.

A special team of gardaí attached to Henry Street garda headquarters in the city have been profiling leading gang members and supplying material to the CAB.

In yesterday’s seizure, members of the CAB, accompanied by armed detectives from the crime units in Henry Street and Mayorstone stations moved into St Mary’s Park and took possession of the new vehicle.

Yesterday's raids were concentrated on the southside of Limerick with further searches in counties Limerick and Tipperary.

More than 20 houses were searched.

The operation was supervised by Supt Frank O’Brien, Det Insp Jim Ryan, Det Sgt Tom O’Connor and Det Sgt Denis Treacy.

The 40 gardaí who took part in the operation included detectives from the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation. Gardaí from the Tipperary division also carried out searches.

Gardaí are concerned that the McCarthy Dundons and a drugs gang based in Southill may escalate attacks following a shooting last month when a member of the McCarthy gang burst into a house in Southill and tried to murder the occupant.

Houses linked to both sides were among the homes raided in yesterday’s operation.

The raids commenced at 7am and lasted for more than four hours.


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