Woman in 50s ‘lucky to be alive’ after drive-by shooting in broad daylight

A MIDDLE-AGED mother narrowly escaped with her life yesterday after a drive-by shooting in broad daylight in a Dublin suburb.

Two men pulled up in a car outside a house in Drimnagh and fired a number of shots into a house on Knocknarea Road.

The incident occurred just before 1pm on the busy road, with children out playing at the time.

It is the second drive-by shooting on the south Dublin road in less than three years and is thought to be linked with a violent gangland feud in the area, which has claimed at least ten lives.

A woman, aged in her 50s, was on her own in the house at the time and received injuries to her shoulder. Gardaí do not think the woman, a mother, was the intended target.

A Garda source yesterday said she was “lucky to be alive”.

A Garda spokesman said a silver coloured BMW pulled up on Knocknarea Road with two men inside.

He said a number of shots were fired at the front of the house.

“A female occupant, possibly in her 50s, sustained injuries to her shoulder which are not believed to be life threatening. She was taken to St James’s Hospital.”

It is understood a total of five shots were fired, three at the front window and two at the front door. Gardaí believe a handgun was used.

The BMW was later found burnt out near Walkinstown Road.

Detectives believe a white van was also involved. It may be the case that the two occupants of the BMW arrived earlier in the white van and later got into the car.

Gardaí spoke to locals in the area immediately afterwards and got detailed descriptions of the attackers.

One of the men in the BMW is said to be 5ft 8in tall, aged 17-20, and wearing a black ‘floppy’ hat. The second man is described as 5ft 6in tall, aged 17-20. He had short brown hair and wore a bright multi-coloured waist length jacket.

The driver of the white van was described as being 24-25 years old and with short brown hair.

Gardaí sealed off the house yesterday pending forensic and ballistic examination by the Garda Technical Bureau.

Anyone with information in relation to the incident is asked to contact gardaí at Sundrive Road Station on 01 6666600 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

In August 2005, two men were left in a serious condition after a moped, carrying two men, approached and fired shots at them.

The shootings are thought to be linked to a feud between a jailed gangland boss and another gang, led by a violent individual, who is also embroiled in a separate feud with paramilitary outfit, the INLA.

Gardaí in Drimnagh, Crumlin and the south inner city will be on an even higher state of alert following yesterday’s shooting amid concerns there may be revenge attacks.

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