Third shooting victim ‘hid from gunman’

A MAN slightly injured in Limerick’s third shooting incident this week told gardaí he hid for more than an hour as the gunman searched to finish him off.

The victim, who is known to gardaí, was shot early yesterday.

He was found near his St Mary’s Park home by gardaí and was suffering from slight pellet wounds.

He was taken to Henry Street garda station where an ambulance was waiting to take him to the Mid-Western Regional Hospital.

However, he would not go to hospital.

Gardaí believe his wounds were caused by a shotgun blast.

The victim told gardaí that after being shot from behind he ran for his life.

He claimed that as he hid in bushes, the gunman searched for him to shoot him again.

It is not yet clear where exactly the shooting occurred.

On Wednesday morning another St Mary’s Park resident, David Heighton, was shot in the head.

Mr Heighton, aged 26, is still being treated at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital for a serious eye injury caused by shotgun pellets.

The shootings are not connected.

Early last Sunday morning, Aaron O’Brien, aged 22, from Delmege Park, Moyross, was shot in the abdomen near his home.

He had been at a house party and the shooting may be connected to an incident at the party. Gardaí believe a handgun or low-calibre rifle was used.

A man has been questioned in connection with the shooting of Mr Heighton and in another development, gardaí found two sawn-off shotguns and 500 bullets during a search in Moyross on Thursday morning.

Limerick gardaí have seized a huge arsenal of illegally held guns in a major crackdown on firearms.

However, criminals often resort to guns even after incidents of a relatively minor nature.

In many instances the victims know their attacker, but often refuse to give statements to gardaí.

Meanwhile, gardaí are investigating a shooting incident in a residential area of Waterford city on Thursday night. A number of shots were fired at an occupied house in the Larchville housing estate by two people who pulled up in a car shortly after 8pm.

Gardaí say the motive of the attack is unclear, but it appears the house was attacked by at least two people armed with a firearm and an iron bar.

At least two shots were fired and the windows of the house were damaged during the incident.

A family with young children were in the house at the time of the shooting, but no one was injured. They were left badly shaken by the shooting.

“Because of the nature of what happened, the people in the house had a limited view of what was going on,” Sgt John McDonald said.

He called for the assistance of members of the public who may have witnessed the shooting or seen the car involved to contact them on 051 305300.

The incident is one of a number involving firearms in the city this year. It also follows the theft of a double-barrel shotgun from a house in another part of the city earlier this week.

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