Two injured in separate shooting incidents

ONE man received serious injuries and another had a lucky escape in two separate shootings overnight on Monday.

The two incidents took place in west Dublin, but gardaí say they are not related. It’s thought that one of the shootings, which resulted in serious injuries, may have been an accident.

In the first incident, a house was sprayed with bullets in a drive-by shooting at Fortlawn Drive, Clonsilla, in north west Dublin.

A man, in his late 30s, was in the living-room at the time but escaped with minor injuries.

“He was very lucky, he received a slight injury,” said one garda source.

Gardaí believe the shooting is part of an ongoing feud between the victim and his family and a rival drug gang.

Two men pulled up to the house on a motorbike at around 10pm on Monday. The pillion passenger got off the bike, ran up the small driveway and fired around five shots in through the front window.

In the second incident, a 23-year-old man received serious injuries in what gardaí believe may have been an accidental discharge of a firearm.

The shooting took place at 7am yesterday at a house in California Hills, Ballyfermot, in south west Dublin.

“The injured party received serious injuries to the left side of his body,” said a garda spokeswoman.

She said the discharge “may have been an accident” and that local detectives were investigating.

Meanwhile, gardaí investigating the gangland murder of Paul Kelly in north Dublin on Good Friday are preparing a file for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Reliable sources confirmed yesterday the main suspect for the murder is a drug dealer who is out on bail for serious drug offences.

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