Blakestown Lidl. Picture: Google Maps

Armed gardai are now patrolling west Dublin around the clock after a man was chased down and shot in front of horrified shoppers on Saturday.

Officers have renewed their appeal for help in tracking down the gunman who pursued his victim through a Lidl car park at Blakestown Way at around 5.20pm.

Convicted armed robber Noel Boylan was hit once in the torso in what is believed to be a botched gangland hit. His son Lee remains in hospital months after he was shot multiple times as he sat in his van on the Blakestown Road.

Garda resources are strained as they fight seven gangs involving 100 criminals operating between Blanchardstown and Finglas engaged in three ongoing feuds.

Local Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) said: “If something as simple as going to the shops means you’re caught up in a shooting, that is absolutely shocking. Parents are worried about their kids getting caught up in all of this.”

Ongoing Feud

Close to 40 people – most of them in their early 20s – have been linked to either side of the Corduff drugs feud which has led to several gun and arson attacks.

On April 2, a 22-year-old was shot at as he walked outside a secondary school in Blanchardstown. On May 21, a 23-year-old man had a miraculous escape after being shot at a number of times in Mulhuddart.

Philip Jennings of Safer Blanchardstown is warning young people who buy cannabis and cocaine that their habit is fuelling the violence.

He told Dublin Gazette: “It’s recreational drug users who are supplying all the money. These people are not fighting over drugs, they’re fighting over money.

“There’s no amount of money worth dying for.”

Daily security checkpoints and weapons searches involving the Army have led to a climate of fear in Blanchardstown.

Cllr Donnelly said: “The frightening thing is people are almost becoming desensitised to this because the helicopter is going up on such a regular basis.

“Gardai have been out in force but my worry is resources will be come so stretched they won’t be able to keep on top of it, they are pretty much at breaking point.

“We’ve got kids as young as 10 being groomed by these drugs gangs. They’re on their bikes watching them, next of all they’re holding, then they’re dealing.

“Before they know it these young people are 16 and there’s either a gun in their hand or a gun to their head.

“We have guys of 19, 20, 21 who are killing each other. That is scary.”

Gardai investigating Saturday’s shooting are appealing for information on a navy or black Toyota Avensis (06 MH 1181) which was later found burnt out at the Miller’s Glen area of Swords.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown on 01 6667008 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666111.