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Victim of gangland-style shooting left paralysed from the waist down

Shot: Jonathan Burke
Shot: Jonathan Burke

A man who was the victim of a gangland-style shooting has been left paralysed from the waist down as a result of the attack.

Jonathan Burke (40) was shot outside a house in the Heatherwood estate, Bray, on November 13 of last year.

A gunman fired several rounds from a shotgun at the victim, striking him six times in the upper-body as well as hitting him in the spine.

Burke miraculously survived the ordeal, but there were fears at the time that he would be permanently injured. A source told the Herald that Burke is now confirmed as being paralysed from the waist down.

He was released from prison just two weeks before the shooting, and is well-known to gardai.

Burke was one of the first prisoners to be convicted of being in possession of a mobile phone in Wheatfield prison, and was also caught trying to flee from the compound during his incarceration.

One of the most serious convictions of the former heroin addict was in April 2008, when he was jailed for five years for taking part in multiple armed robberies at pharmacies.

The main suspects for the hit that left Burke paralysed are a local drugs gang, who are led by a convicted killer.

The same gang are suspected of knee-capping a man in August of last year.

The victim, Tiernan Stokes, was shot in the back of his knees in the People’s Park in Bray.

No charges have been made in relation to the shooting of Burke, and gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact Bray Garda Station.

Robin Schiller

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