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Gun crazy CCTV shows west Dublin feud spill onto street with gun attack and car chase

A white car is observed chasing a dark SUV at high speed and the SUV is seen driving the wrong way around a busy roundabout in an attempt to flee the car.

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Gardai are extremely concerned about a new feud that has broken out in west Dublin which has led to a number of tit-for-tat incidents in recent weeks.

The Armed Support Unit (ASU) were involved in the searches of three properties targeting the feuding factions in an operation yesterday morning following two extremely serious incidents last week.

Our exclusive images show the first of these - a reckless gun attack which occurred in broad daylight in the Citywest area of the capital at around 1.30pm on Tuesday of last week.

A white car is observed chasing a dark SUV at high speed and the SUV is seen driving the wrong way around a busy roundabout in an attempt to flee the car.

A gunman then emerges from the passenger side of the car and fires at least two shots at the other vehicle which manages to flee the area with the other vehicle still in pursuit.

The incident is being investigated by Rathcoole gardai who have identified a chief suspect but no arrests have yet been made in the case and no-one was injured in the incident.

The suspect is a member of a notorious Tallaght based burglary gang and is aged in his 40s.

The opposing faction are based in the Lucan area of the city and are also suspected of being heavily involved in crime.

“The big issue with this feud is there is up to 20 criminals on both sides who are prepared to use violence and the events of last week have caused big concern. Someone, even an innocent person, could easily have been killed,” a senior source said.

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“The faction that were targeted in the gun attack at Citywest last Tuesday have close links to the Derek ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll drugs gang while the other crew are one of the most notorious burglary gangs in the State and have large financial resources.

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“Even though some members of the opposing gangs are actually related to each other through marriage, there has always been a lot of needle between them for years.

“This included a very vicious slash hook attack on a man last year and a number of assaults but things between them have really escalated this time.

“The recent escalation is understood to involve a row over a woman who is known to both factions but these are two crews who have always been very jealous of each other,” the senior source explained.

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After Tuesday afternoon’s gun attack, tensions increased even further and gardai suspect that the Lucan faction planned to shoot up a property linked to their rivals in Tallaght last Thursday night.

However gardai foiled this shooting bid and arrested two suspects shortly before midnight last Thursday.

Armed detectives recovered a loaded handgun and arrested two men after pursuing a motorbike across the city.

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Gun seized by Gardai

Gun seized by Gardai

Gun seized by Gardai

The two suspects from different parts of Dublin were held under firearms legislation at Tallaght Garda Station over the foiled gun attack before being released without charge last weekend.

A file will now be prepared for the DPP on the duo from Cabra and Clondalkin aged in their 20s and 30s.

Gardaí believe they were on their way to shoot at a property linked to a burglary gang in the Tallaght area when they were intercepted.

Unarmed gardai came across a motorbike in the Fortunestown Lane area of Tallaght which sped off when approached by local gardaí.

Due to the nature of the incident armed detectives were called in to respond to the situation.

Following a pursuit the motorbike and handgun were recovered at a filling station on the N4 at Palmerstown.

The burglary gang who were the target of the incident have been involved in break-ins across the country for decades.

They have been a top-target for gardaí under Operation Thor and are led by three brothers, but cannot be identified for legal reasons.

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