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Dublin shooting victim 'stable' as eyewitnesses describe terrifying scene

The scene of this morning's shooting
The scene of this morning's shooting

A man blasted in a shotgun attack in west Dublin this morning was an 'ordinary customer' buying car parts, sources have revealed.

Gardai do not believe the victim was the intended target of a gunman who stormed the car parts yard.

The incident happened shortly after 11.30am this morning at a car-parts yard on Greenhills Road, Walkinstown, Dublin.

It is understood that the man who was injured in the incident was not the intended target.

It is believed he was a customer at Cullen's Car Parts yard.

The gunman arrived on foot and was seen running from the scene after shots were fired.

A large number of garda units responded to the incident.

The victim received a gunshot wound during the incident, according to gardai.

He has been taken to Tallaght Hospital where his injuries are described as "not life threatening". Sources say he is in a stable condition.

The area has been sealed off.

A man working in the car parts business directly across the road from the yard where the shooting happened said a large number of gardai arriving at the scene. He was told a man was shot in a portacabin across the road.

"I didn't hear any shots but I saw a garda's black Mondeo car coming flying into this yard. A garda got out and he asked me 'Did you see anyone with a gun?' I told him I hadn't seen anyone.

"Then all of a sudden all hell broke loose. There were garda cars everywhere. There must have been a dozen garda cars here," he said.

"A fire engine arrived and a fire brigade chief arrived and about 10 minutes later an ambulance arrived.

"The ambulance crew worked on the man who was shot for about 20 minutes before they took him to hospital. We heard he wasn't seriously wounded," he said.

In a bungalow across the road from where the shooting happened, Mrs Marie Cullen (60) said she had no idea anything happened until she saw an ambulance parked beside the road.

"It had been raining very heavily and I was minding a three-year-old girl. I didn't hear anything.

"I've lived here for over 30 years and nothing like this has happened before. The guards came and told me a chap was after being shot.

"They asked me if I saw anything but I didn't. I was able to give them what was on CCTV cameras at the house.

"Thank God no one was killed. It's shocking. I can't believe someone has been shot," she said.

Gardai have sealed off the scene of the shooting. Several detectives and uniformed gardai were in the yard.

Part of the road near the yard was flooded because of heavy rain.

An employee in another car parts business said he had no idea anything was wrong until he saw the garda helicopter hovering overhead.

Large numbers of partly dismantled cars were stacked in the yards. The yard where the shooting happened had a bright blue security fence and a CCTV camera at the entrance and a sign which stated 'All customers please report to office.'

Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in the area or who has any information to contact Crumlin garda station on 01 6666200, the garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.