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Dublin gun attack victim has '50/50' chance of survival

Crime DeskBy Conor Feehan
Gardai seal off Raheen Drive in Cherry Orchard yesterday
Gardai seal off Raheen Drive in Cherry Orchard yesterday

The father of a man shot as he was standing outside a friend's house has said his son is gravely ill following the attack.

Gardaí are treating the shooting of Jason Williams (42) on Raheen Drive in Ballyfermot as attempted murder.

Mr Williams was having a cigarette outside his friend's home when a gunman opened fire at around 9am yesterday.

He was hit in the abdomen and shoulder and rushed to St James's Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery and he remains in a serious condition.

His father Michael said he spoke to Jason, from nearby Clover Hill Road, after he came out of surgery.

Michael Williams told the Irish Independent: "He has a 50/50 chance. One bullet went into his abdomen and out his back. He has kidney damage and the bullet took a chunk out of his spine too.

"I was in to see him and he was conscious after his surgery. I don't know why he was shot.

"I can't think of a reason why. It could be mistaken identity."

Mr Williams added that Jason, also known as 'Jay' was recovering after falling off a ladder when he was shot.

He said: "He was still hobbling around. He was just standing outside a friend's house when this happened. We don't know who did it or why."

Sources close to the investigation said no immediate suspects or motives had come to light. Gardaí are hoping to interview Mr Williams in the coming days.

"While Williams had come to some minor garda attention in the past it was many years ago and as such would not be on the radar," said a source.

Gardaí are keeping an open mind as to the motive for the shooting.

The scene was preserved pending a forensic examination by members of the garda technical bureau.

Gardaí sealed off the house as well as a large van across the road from it.

It is suspected the gunman or gunmen may have concealed themselves behind this van, which was innocently parked on Raheen Drive, and shot at Mr Williams from the roadway.

Blood stains could be seen in the driveway of the house as gardaí examined the scene yesterday.

Neighbours on Raheen Drive and Clover Hill Road where Mr Williams lives said they were shocked at the news that he had been shot.

"His family are lovely people, and Jay himself is well known in the area. We can't believe it," said one woman.

A Garda spokesman said: "Gardaí and emergency services attended the scene where a man, 42 years, suffered apparent gunshot wounds.

"He was taken to St James's Hospital where his condition is described as being serious."

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact them at Ballyfermot garda station on 01 6667200 or telephone the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111.