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Shooting victim may lose leg following gangland bloodbath

Aaron Bolger
Aaron Bolger

One of the men shot on Friday fears losing his leg after a bullet smashed through his femur.

Aaron Bolger, from Killarden, was shot through both thighs in the shocking event in the Regency Hotel.

The 25-year-old was one of three men shot after six gunmen stormed a boxing weigh-in event in the hotel's function room.

It's understood a bullet obliterated his femur, causing extreme damage to his artery and the bone.

The other injured victim - Sean McGovern from Captain's Road in Crumlin - is understood to be in a serious but stable condition in the Mater Hospital.

He was shot in the stomach.

McGovern (30) reportedly tried to sign himself out of hospital yesterday.

Gangland kingpin David Byrne - from Raleigh Square in Crumlin in the south of the city - was blasted in the head and leg in the reception area of the busy hotel.

Byrne - a first cousin of 'Fat' Freddie Thompson - was suspected of involvement in the importation of large amounts of drugs into Ireland.