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UPDATE: Gardai identify suspect after shooting of boy, 6

NewsBy Mick McCaffrey
The scene of the shooting in Ballyfermot
The scene of the shooting in Ballyfermot

THE six-year-old boy who was shot and injured in Dublin last night is recovering in hospital.

Ballyfermot lad, Sean Scully, is in a stable condition in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin and is expected to make a full recovery.

No arrests have been made so far after the incident in which two men called to a house in Croftwood Grove in Ballyfermot in west Dublin and fired a number of shots at a man inside.

However, Gardai say they have identified a suspect in the shooting and are calling for all involved to turn themselves in.

According to sources, the door of the house was already unlocked when the hitmen pushed it fully open and fired two shots into the hall.

The boy was hit in the neck with one of the bullets as the gunmen fled the scene. It is believed the child's uncle was in the house at the time of the attack.

Gardaí also administered first aid on the child until the arrival of the ambulance and then the boy, who was conscious at the time, was rushed to hospital.
They are still searching for the firearm, which may be a pellet gun, that was used in the incident.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Ballyfermot Garda Station.