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Victim blasted by gunman as he 'visited friend' in Ballyfermot

The scene of a shooting on Raheen Drive in Cherry Orchard this morning. (Picture Gerry Mooney )
The scene of a shooting on Raheen Drive in Cherry Orchard this morning. (Picture Gerry Mooney )

Dollops of blood stain the driveway outside a house on Raheen Drive in Cherry Orchard this morning.

A 42-year-old man is in a serious condition in hospital this morning after being blasted by a gunman shortly after 9pm last night. 

He was rushed to hospital, where his injuries were described as serious, but not believed to be life threatening.

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

The scene of a shooting on Raheen Drive in Cherry Orchard this morning. (Picture Gerry Mooney )

Officers have also cordoned off a large van across the road from the house.

Reports indicate that the shooter may have concealed himself and opened fire from behind this vehicle.

The scene of a shooting on Raheen Drive in Cherry Orchard this morning. (Picture Gerry Mooney)

The victim does not live at the house where the shooting occurred, but was believed to be visiting a friend at the time when he was targeted in the front garden.

The motive for the shooting is under investigation by Gardai.