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Shooting victim believed to be convicted drug dealer who previously survived botched hit

The scene of the shooting on Bridgefoot Street
The scene of the shooting on Bridgefoot Street

A man who is in an extremely serious condition following a shooting in the south-inner city this evening is believed to be a convicted criminal who may have been a gangland target.

The incident happened in Dublin's south-inner city in the last couple of hours.

It is understood that one man suffered serious head and chest injuries after the shooting in Dublin 8, which took place on Bridgefoot Street.

The victim was walking in the area when he was shot several times by a lone gunman.

The shooting occured at around 4.10pm this evening.

The injured man was been taken to St James Hospital, where his condition is still thought to be extremely serious.

The area has been sealed off for technical examination.

A burnt-out car was discovered a short distance away.

A gun has been recovered at the scene.

Paramedics were on the scene shortly afterwards working on the injured man.

The victim is believed to be a convicted drug dealer who survived a previous attempt on his life.

Gardai are investigating if he was a target for the Kinahan cartel, who have been involved in a  ongoing bloody gang war with the Hutch mob which has already claimed seven lives.