Man remains in custody over armed pizzeria robbery in Raheny

by Dublin Gazette
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[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]Two pizzeria workers were shot in an early morning raid on New Year’s Day in Raheny.

The incident occurred just a short time into the new year at a pizza shop in the Edenmore Shopping Centre in the northside suburb.

Gardai have said the incident took place at approximately 00:22am on January 1, with two staff members injured.

Two men entered the premises, believed to be Mizzoni’s Pizza in the shopping centre.

One man was armed with what Gardai have described as a handgun, threatening the workers before demanding cash and then discharging a number of shots, injuring the members of staff.

No cash was taken in the incident.

The two members of staff, aged 38 and 28, were removed to Beaumont Hospital following the armed robbery, but the injuries sustained are not believed to be life-threatening.

The two men have been named locally as Vasile Batica, a cook in the pizzeria, and Ionut ‘Johnnie’ Dateu, who is the manager of the establishment.

It is believed that Batica suffered a stomach injury, whilst Dateu was injured in the chest. It is also believed that the shooter is known to An Garda Siochana and locals.

The scene was closed off on Tuesday as a forensic examination of the scene was carried out.

Following the incident, Gardai arrested two men – aged 44 and 16 – in relation to the investigation. The pair were held under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939.

The 16-year-old was released from custody on late Tuesday evening, and with a file now being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions. The older man was released from Coolock Garda Station without charge on Wednesday evening.

Locals have reacted with shock to the incident on social media, with a number of Raheny residents saying they were “horrified” to hear what happened to the workers.

“The two lads were just trying to work and earn a few quid, and [the attackers] come in and shoot. F*****g scumbags,” said Paula Kavanagh.

Gardai are asking for any witnesses or anyone with further information to contact the incident room at Coolock Garda Station at 01 666 4200, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any local Garda Station.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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