Hit and run horror Video captures moment van hits man in Longford as gardai probe rising feud violence
Sources have told the Sunday World shotgun cartridges were later found in the area by Gardaí
A man is lucky to be alive this week after being hit by a van close to his home in Longford amid claims of a bitter row in the town.
A video of the horrific incident last Monday afternoon went viral on social media this week in which the white vehicle is seen hurtling across a green space.
The man in dark clothes is one of a number on the street when he is hit and thrown into the air by the force of the impact.
As the van speeds off, other people immediately go to the aid of the victim, who was later brought to Mullingar hospital for treatment by emergency services.
Sources have told the Sunday World shotgun cartridges were later found in the area by Gardaí who are investigating if they are connected with the incident.
It is believed the personal feud flared up last month and there have been at least two other confrontations in the build-up to Monday's incident.
Officers are reported to have also carried out searches in the town following the frightening incident in the Ardnacassa area.
In another video also posted on social media an associate of the injured man plays down the wounds he suffered and makes threats of revenge.
"There is a lot of talk going around... that he is dead, he was shot and all this sh*t talk. I can tell you now there is not a thing wrong with him.
"He has no broken legs or broken bones. I was in there chatting with him there's not a bother on him."
"For a fella who hit him a rap of a van.. you didn't do a real good job for a fella who hit him full force with a van."
Referring to the alleged driver of the van he adds: "When your day comes, you'll get more than a rap of a van."
The Sunday World attempted to make contact with relatives of the injured man this week.
A marked garda car was still parked at the scene of the incident a number of days later.
Following the incident at 4.30pm last Monday, a Garda spokesman said: "A man, late 20s, was taken to Mullingar to be treated for his injuries which are believed to be non-life threatening."
The Garda Representative Association's Dave Conroy told Shannonside Radio this week that more officers are needed in Longford town.
"For the last four years, I've been screaming from the roof tops to try and get adequate Garda resources allocated to Longford, indeed the whole Longford Roscommon division."
"It just seems to be falling on deaf ears. Nobody seems to be listening at all to the people in the know, the guard on the street who just wants extra help, extra bodies, extra boots on the ground, just to provide a proper safe police service to the ordinary decent person of Longford town.
"It's only a matter of time before an innocent person caught up in this and hurt badly."
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