Shots fired in robbery

by Emma Nolan

A NUMBER of shots were fired in a robbery attempt on a post office in Blackrock. The incident happened at around 2.30pm on Tuesday, January 19, at Woodbine Park in Blackrock when a masked man entered the premises.
The gunman threatened customers and staff and fired a number of shots before leaving the scene on foot, and empty handed. No one in the post office was injured.
As he fled the scene, the gunman was challenged by a male passer-by who attempted to apprehend him. Following a struggle, a firearm – described as a hand gun – was recovered and the raider managed to flee the scene on foot.
The passer-by sustained minor injuries during the altercation, but is understood to be in good health.
Gardai have confirmed to The Gazette that a search operation is currently under way and enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Donnybrook Garda Station at 01 666 9200, or the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111.
This is the third armed robbery on a post office in Dublin this month, with the previous two occurring in Tallaght and Goatstown on January 5.
Cllr Cormac Devlin (FF) took to Twitter to comment on the incident and praise the passer by who challenged the thief, saying: “More serious crime, sadly in Blackrock. Armed robbery at Woodbine Post Office. Shots fired, raider challenged but he escaped on foot (gun recovered). Citizen deserves bravery medal.”

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