6-year-old girl witnesses two shootings

NewsBy Morgan Flanagan Creagh
6-year-old girl witnesses two shootings

A six year old girl who had a miracle escape when her father was shot and bullets narrowly missed her helmet witnessed the shooting of 7-year-old Sean Scully in Ballyfermot last year.

Stephen Smith was shot as he got on to his moped on Cleggan Road in Ballyfermot, Dublin, at 8.40pm last Friday.

He was taken to St James's Hospital, where he was still being treated last night.

"His poor girl, she's in an awful state over it. It's the second time she's witnessed something like this," a close relative told the Irish Independent.

"She was at the green last year when the little Scully lad was shot - he's been left paralysed since," he added.

Sean Scully was left paralysed from the chest down after being hit by a stray bullet.

Meanwhile, an 11-year-old Dublin boy is recovering in hospital today after being shot in the arm at his home.

The young boy was hit with a shotgun blast after a group of thugs smashed up the house where his family live on the Belgard Road in Tallaght.

The incident happened when the men drove into the grounds of the house after 2.30am on Saturday and started smashing the windows and doors of the detached bungalow.

As the family fled the house they were confronted by the gang who opened fire on them, gardaí believe. The boy was expected to undergo surgery on his gunshot wounds last night.