Gardai release description of suspected south Dublin shooter

Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald outside the scene this afternoon
Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald outside the scene this afternoon

Gardai investigating the shooting of a 77-year-old woman in Monkstown last night have released a description of the suspected shooter and appealed for the public's help to find them.

The incident took place at her home on Oliver Plunkett Avenue, Monkstown at approximately 11pm.

Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald, who is leading the investigation, said this evening "a full technical examination of the scene has just been conducted and we will follow all lines of inquiry to detect this very, very, callous attack".

Gardaí in Dun Laoghaire have launched an investigation. No arrests have been made.

"Shortly after 11pm last night the lone gun man presented [himself] at this house and after banging on the door [it was] responded to by the grandmother of the family home – a 77 year old woman.

"Upon opening the door she was met by this lone gunman who discharged a number of shots into the house," he said at a press conference this evening.

"One of those shots injured the 77 year old female in the lower left leg. After which, the lone gunman made his way out of this cul de sac on foot. We have no further information about which direction he took or how his departure was facilitated.

"The members of An Garda Siochana from Dun Laoghaire arrived at the scene shortly after receiving the call from the communications centre. The ambulance brought the 77 year old woman to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment," he added.

Gardai have appealed for information from people in the local area.

The culprit who did not speak has been described as: a male in dark clothing, who is between 5ft 7 and 5ft 10. His age is not known.

"Following our forensic examination at the scene we believe it was a handgun that was used. I have no doubt that this house itself was a target for this direct attack.

"The house is occupied by the grandmother of the family. Residing here with here are her two grandsons. They’re adult grandchildren and one was present at the time. Also in the house was a six-year-old great grandson.

"The lone gun man left the scene exiting out of the cul de sac," Superintendent Martin Fitzgerald.