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Dublin granny blasted by gunman back on her feet

May Brown
May Brown

A great-grandmother shot in the leg while answering her own front door by a thug targeting her grandson is now "back on her feet", her family said last week.

May Brown (77), was shot once with a handgun in her lower left leg at her home on Oliver Plunkett Avenue in Monkstown, south Dublin, on April 7.

The gunman, who her grandson Steven later told the Sunday World had been targeting him over a petty dispute, fired five shots at the great-grandmother, even though she has no involvement in crime.

Speaking last week, a daughter of May's said that her mother was recovering well.

"She is doing grand, she's recovering slowly but surely," the daughter said.

"She's back on her feet. Slowly but surely, but it will take a while at her age."

Detectives arrested two cousins, aged 29 and 31, from Cabra, north Dublin, as part of the investigation but they were released without charge.

They were questioned at Dun Laoghaire garda station after being arrested by armed officers during dawn raids a week after the shooting. A file has been sent to the DPP.

CCTV obtained by gardai showed that the gunman arrived in the vicinity of the scene at Oliver Plunkett Avenue by taxi.

He was seen getting out of the car and running towards Oliver Plunkett Avenue carrying a handgun.

While the unmasked gunman raced to the small cul-de-sac, it is understood that the taxi driver got out and smoked a cigarette.

Minutes later, the gunman can be seen on CCTV running back from Oliver Plunkett Avenue after the shooting, still holding the gun, before getting into the taxi which then sped away.

Speaking at the house two days after the shooting, Ms Brown's grandson Steven confirmed that May had been able to identify the gunman from pictures on the thug's Facebook page.

"We showed her pictures on Facebook and she was able to point at one and say 'that's him'," he said.

"We know who they are. They were after me over one or two things. It was just a stupid incident that happened and then they came down here.

"They came in the garden and f**ked a bar at the front porch, so me and another person ended up having a scrap with the two of them.

"So one of them ended up threatening me then. He said they would be back."

In the wake of the shooting Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald appealed for information in the case, which he described as "unusual" and "very callous".