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Tallaght youth gang suspected of shooting at garda car

Unarmed gardaí in a marked car were patrolling the area when they came across a group of three young adult men armed with a firearm and a baseball bat.

Gardaí in Tallaght were shot at while in a marked garda squad car.

Alan Sherry

Gardai believe a group of young local criminals involved in a dispute with rivals may have been ­responsible for a gun ­attack on officers in ­Dublin in the early hours of ­Saturday morning.

A gunman opened fire on gardaí shortly after 2.30am in the Rossfield Avenue area of Tallaght.

Gardaí believe the attack was carried out by a group of local criminals who were involved in a row with another group in the area and they are confident of identifying those involved.

There had been a number of ­incidents in the region in the build-up to the gun attack and extra Garda patrols had been dispatched as a result.

Unarmed gardaí in a marked car were patrolling the area when they came across a group of three young adult men armed with a firearm and a baseball bat.

Gardaí suspect the men were planning to carry out an attack on rivals in the area when the patrol car disturbed them.

One of the men, who was on a ­bicycle, opened fire on gardaí firing a number of shots at the car.

One of the shots hit the bonnet of the vehicle but the gardaí were not injured in the incident.

The three men fled the scene.

The group are understood to be young adults in their late teens or early 20s and are believed to live locally.

Gardaí do not believe the incident was a pre-planned attack and ­they suspect that the gunman panicked when he saw the patrol car and then opened fire.

"There was stuff going on in the areas. We had a few calls around the area in the previous period. We don't think they were calls to try to lure us into the area or anything like that," a source said.

"There was a row going on between groups up there and we had patrols [out] and they came across these three," the source added.

"We don't know if they were on anything but they were fairly flighty and agitated and fired when they saw the patrol car.

"It seems more a panic shooting rather than a pre-planned attack."

The source said it was concerning that the thug opened fire on unarmed gardaí.

"If it was an armed unit that was fired upon it would have been a ­different story and there would have been a response and we would have been dealing with something very different."

Gardaí carried out technical ­examination at the scene yesterday.

No arrests have been made in relation to the attack but investigations are ongoing and gardaí are confident of identifying the gang,

The Garda Representative Association said the gun attack highlights the danger gardaí face while doing their jobs.

"News of incidents such as this remind us just how dangerous and unpredictable policing can be.

"We acknowledge the courage and professionalism of the members ­involved and wish them well after such a traumatic incident," a GRA spokesman said.

Gardaí in Tallaght are appealing to anyone who has any information or footage (including dash cam) to come forward to them.

  • Anyone with information can contact Tallaght Garda station at 01 666 6000, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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