Brazen shooting sees bullet hit nearby van

by Sylvia Pownall
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West Dublin locals have expressed shock and outrage at last week’s brazen shooting after one resident discovered a stray bullet had left a hole in his van.

The vehicle was parked in a driveway across the road from the spot where a gunman fired multiple shots in a rush-hour attack on a local father-of-two.

The victim, named locally as 24-year-old Lee Boylan, is in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital after he was targeted while driving his van on a busy stretch of the Blakestown Road.

Superintendent Lee Carolan said the gunman was so reckless that “anybody in the vicinity could have been shot dead. It was daylight, there were a number of people in the area including young children.”

Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) said he was “saddened and shocked” to hear that another young person had been shot in the local community.

He told Dublin Gazette: “A friend of mine lives on the corner house opposite where the shooting took place and the next day his father discovered a bullet hole in the side of the van parked in the driveway.

“That is scary stuff. There is a small sweet shop two doors away; it’s a busy road and it’s heavily used by both kids and adults. It’s absolutely scandalous.”

Gardai are following several lines of inquiry into the attempted murder as tensions escalate among west Dublin drugs gangs. Two weeks ago, shots were fired in a housing estate in Corduff.

Cllr Donnelly said: “People are very afraid in the community, it’s frightening for them. These are families who just want to get on with their lives and to keep their children safe.

“A number of concerned residents contacted me in relation to this and other recent shootings in Dublin 15. I have consistently requested extra Garda resources for Dublin West to tackle gang-related attacks.”

The gunman, described as 6ft in height, and wearing a dark, bulky parka jacket and white baseball cap, fled on foot in the direction of Huntstown Lawn.

A car was later found on fire in Sadlier Lawn in Mulhuddart.

Gardai say they are particularly interested in the movements of a black/grey BMW 320 coupe, registration 05 KY 5360, which was seen in the area, and are appealing for witnesses.

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