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Gardai probe reports gunman accidently set himself on fire after Tallaght shooting

The gun victim is currently being treated in hospital
Garda forensics personnel at the scene at Cottages Tallaght Dublin this afternoon after a man has suffered serious injuries after being shot. Pic Gareth Chaney /Collins Photos

Garda forensics personnel at the scene at Cottages Tallaght Dublin this afternoon after a man has suffered serious injuries after being shot. Pic Gareth Chaney /Collins Photos

Ken Foy

Gardai are investigating reports a suspected gunman accidently set himself on fire after shooting a man in Tallaght earlier today.

At around 12pm this afternoon, gardai were alerted after a man in his 50s was shot in the neck in the Cookstown Cottages area of Tallaght in West Dublin.

Shortly afterwards, Dublin Fire Brigade were called to nearby location - Kilcarrig Close - where a van had been set alight.

It is believed the van had been used to escape the scene of the shooting minutes earlier.

Gardai at the scene at Cookstown Cottages Tallaght Dublin this afternoon after a man has suffered serious injuries after being shot. Pic Gareth Chaney /Collins Photos

Gardai at the scene at Cookstown Cottages Tallaght Dublin this afternoon after a man has suffered serious injuries after being shot. Pic Gareth Chaney /Collins Photos

A weapon, believed to be a shotgun, was also found in the vehicle.

Gardai are currently investigating reports that the man who set fire to the van also accidently set himself alight.

The suspect is currently unaccounted for and was not arrested at the scene.

The gun victim was rushed to hospital where he is currently being treated for his injuries, with initial reports claiming his suffered severe injuries to the neck.

This afternoon gardai encountered a third scene linked to the attempted murder.

Officers rushed to the Rathmill Glen estate in Rathcoole after another vehicle was set on fire.

Sources say that this car had transported the shooters from the scene of the burning van in Tallaght to Rathcoole.

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