Victim of last night's gun attack named locally
The victim of last night’s gun attack has been named locally as Tony O’Connor.
O’Connor was blasted a number of times as he sat in his car outside his home in the Mill Close estate in Stamullen, Co Meath at approximately 7pm last night.
Neighbours claim that he was blasted at least four times and that a silencer was used by the would-be assassin.
Several bullet holes in the windscreen of a black Volvo car were visible last night as shocked locals milled around the scene.
O’Connor was removed to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where his condition is described as being serious.
A 20-year-old local man said neighbours came to the victim's aid following the shooting.
"I ran over and I saw the man crunched over on his hands and knees. About four people were around him and it looked like they were putting pressure on his wounds," he said.
A 34-year-old man who was in a house near the scene said "I heard four or five shots. The shots were in very quick succession."
He said gardai were very quick getting to the scene of the shooting.
"The ambulance was there. I saw the man being taken away on a stretcher.
"He was lying on his side on the stretcher and he was grimacing.
"I didn't see any blood."
He went on to say: "The garda Emergency Response Unit was here in their full gear and guns."
"People were standing around. Everyone was very shocked.
"It's not something you see every day," he said
There was local outrage that the lives of local children could have been put in danger by the fusillade of bullets.
A local mother grabbed her little child and carried the child into her home moments after the shooting.
"The children usually play with a little goalposts right at the spot where it happened," said a 47-year-old local man.
"It was very lucky that the children weren't there this evening," he said.
A 77-year-old woman said "A woman ran and grabbed her child off the street after it happened.
"The chap who was shot was lying on the ground.
"It's an absolute miracle that no children were hurt. Those people have no regard for the likes of children or anyone," she said.
It is believed Mr O'Connor is originally from north Dublin but has been living in Co Meath for some time. The victim is not known by gardaí to be involved in organised crime.
Green Party councillor Tom Kelly said it was shocking that someone would target a residential area where children could be in danger.
"The people of Stamullen are saddened at such a vicious attack," he said. "Stamullen is a peaceful and quiet area and this shooting has caused upset to a lot of people. I'm very sad for the family of the victim and I hope he makes a full recovery."
Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, particularly those people who were in the area prior to the incident and immediately after the shooting and who may have information or who may have seen anything unusual or suspicious to contact them at Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200 The Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.