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'Scary' Dublin locals terrified as shooting victim stumbled onto street for help

"All the people that live in there are old people. And it's scary"

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Garda scene-of-crime investigators at the scene of an overnight shooting in Pimlico Cottages. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Garda scene-of-crime investigators at the scene of an overnight shooting in Pimlico Cottages. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Garda scene-of-crime investigators at the scene of an overnight shooting in Pimlico Cottages. Photo: Gerry Mooney

The victim of a shooting last night in Dublin’s city centre stumbled onto the street looking for help after he was attacked.

The man, aged in his 30s, was this morning said to be in a stable condition in hospital.

Gardaí are investigating the incident that occurred at around 11.50pm, at a residence in the Pimlico Cottages area of Dublin 8. Several bullet holes were clearly visible in the window of the house.

Forensics officers arrived on the scene just before midday to carry out an examination.

One shocked local told sundayworld.com how the noise awakened her in the middle of the night.

And another local woman revealed how the victim came out onto the street looking for help.

However, she said everyone was "too scared" to leave their homes in case the shooter came back.

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The scene of the Pimlico shooting. Photo: Damien Storan

The scene of the Pimlico shooting. Photo: Damien Storan

The scene of the Pimlico shooting. Photo: Damien Storan

The victim was taken to St James's Hospital where his condition is currently described as stable.

“A vehicle was discovered partially burnt out at Old Church Way, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, at approximately 12.15am on Wednesday, April 20, 2022,” Gardaí said.

"This vehicle is currently being technically examined. The scene at Pimlico Cottages is also currently preserved for technical examination.

“An Incident Room has been established at Kevin Street Garda Station. No arrests have been made at this time.”

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Pimlico Cottages is a narrow cul de sac, in the heart of the Liberties, with a dozen or so terraced bungalows.

One man (60s) who has been living in the area for 10 years, said he was "not surprised" by the incident.

The man, who did not want to be named, said it was a "shocking" thing to happen.

"You just get a sense that something was going to happen," he said.

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Bullet casings at the scene of the Pimlico shooting. Photo: Damien Storan

Bullet casings at the scene of the Pimlico shooting. Photo: Damien Storan

Bullet casings at the scene of the Pimlico shooting. Photo: Damien Storan

Two neighbours, who live in Pimlico Cottages, said they were woken in bed by the noise.

"Nothing like [has happened recently]. All the people that live in there are old people. And it's scary. When they moved in here,these men were probably small and now they're all grown up," one of the women said.

Another local said she thought she was dreaming, when she heard the noise.

"I thought it was fire crackers going off," she said.

"This is the Liberties though, isn't it? The kids rule the roost around here. They're parents don't tell them what to do. They just run around screaming. The noise they make is just unbelievable. I'm glad I don't have kids. I'm glad I'm the age I am."

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Garda scene-of-crime investigators at the scene of an overnight shooting in Pimlico Cottages. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Garda scene-of-crime investigators at the scene of an overnight shooting in Pimlico Cottages. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Garda scene-of-crime investigators at the scene of an overnight shooting in Pimlico Cottages. Photo: Gerry Mooney

She added: "There must have been about 15 guards here last night”.

This morning as gardaí and forensic investigators continued their analysis of the crime scene.

It was quiet in the locality while children, enjoying the Easter holidays, played on the nearby green.

Local TD Patrick Costello has called for a de-escalation of violence following last night's shooting.

Mr Costello said: "A spree of reckless and extremely menacing gun violence has run out of control in recent days in the city centre and it must end now.

"We cannot have a situation where residents in the Liberties are reduced to fearing stray bullets hitting their homes.

“These gangs were already laying waste to the lives of so many young people with great potential. The events of recent days at Mercer House in Dublin 2, and now in my own constituency at Pimlico Cottages in Dublin 8, represent an extremely dangerous escalation putting innocent members of the public at risk.”

He added that the Government must "refocus" on the resourcing of services creating pathways that direct young people away from gangs and criminality.

Gardaí have confirmed the victim, aged in his 30s, who was shot at Pimlico Cottages last night is in a stable condition in hospital

Officer have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

Any road users who were travelling in the Pimlico Cottages/Ardee Street area between 11:30pm and midnight who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) are asked to make this footage available to investigating Gardaí.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 666 9400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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