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Criminal shot in Tallaght may have been targeted over 'personal dispute'

Darren McGarry
Darren McGarry

Darren McGarry, who was shot while sitting in a parked car in Tallaght on Wednesday, may have been targeted over a personal dispute according to Garda sources.

McGarry, 28, was shot in the arm in The Grove, Kingswood Heights by a gunman armed with what is believed to be a 9mm pistol.

According to today's Herald, McGarry had been the victim of a sinister graffiti campaign in recent weeks and Gardai believe that may be linked to the attack.

McGarry has a series of convictions to his name dating back to 2009, when he was found guilty of carrying a knuckle duster after gardai chased him following a row on O'Connell Bridge.

He also admitted to threatening and abusive behaviour at Tymon North Road in Tallaght in January 2009. 

In 2010, McGarry was found guilty in Tallaght District Court of another charge of threatening and abusive behaviour, for which he was sentenced to two months in prison. In that case a female Garda testified that McGarry took 'a swing' at her, which McGarry denied.

In 2011, McGarry admitted to a charge of affray arising from a row at a Chartbusters on the Belgard Road in December 2009. The then 23-year-old told the court that he and some friends were using the internet in the shop to check Facebook when another man came in to hit them, leading to a 20-minute fight. McGarry was fined €1,000 over the incident.

In 2012, McGarry was on trial for possession of cocaine with intent to supply after the car he was driving was stopped and searched in June 2011. Two bags of the drugs, valued at €375 were found in the vehicle. McGarry admitted to the charge of possession of cocaine with intent to sell or supply and pleaded guilty.

In the attack a number of shots were fired, but the victim was hit just once.

The gunman, who gardai suspect hid in waiting for McGarry, then fled on foot and may have been caught on CCTV.

McGarry was due to have surgery in Tallaght Hospital after he arrived in the medical facility with the bullet still in his arm.

"This individual had a lucky escape as it has all the hallmarks of an attempted murder," a source said.

Labour councillor Mick Duff told the Herald that he had spoken to local residents who were "shocked and horrified" by what has happened in their area.

"It is horrendous, in such a quiet residential area," Mr Duff said. "I hope that if anybody has any information that they will co-operate with the gardai."

One local resident said that they heard a loud noise outside their home at the time of the shooting, but believed it was a banger being let off and thought no more of it.