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simmering tensions Gardaí believe Finglas shooting not linked to deadly feud

The victim is known to gardaí for involvement in the drugs trade

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Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park on St Margaret’s Road in Finglas following the shooting incident

Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park on St Margaret’s Road in Finglas following the shooting incident

Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park on St Margaret’s Road in Finglas following the shooting incident

Gardai do not believe at this stage that a gun attack in which a man suffered a wound to the calf of his leg is linked to the deadly Finglas feud.

Emergency services were notified of the incident and rushed to a supermarket carpark at St Margaret’s Road in Finglas, north Dublin, at around 5pm.

The victim who is aged 23 and from Ardee, Co Louth, is receiving treatment for non-life threatening injuries tonight.

He is known to gardai for involvement in the drugs trade in Ardee but has no previously known links to organised crime in the capital.

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Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park following what is believed to be a shooting incident on St Margaret’s Road in Finglas, Dublin. Photo: Damien Storan.

Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park following what is believed to be a shooting incident on St Margaret’s Road in Finglas, Dublin. Photo: Damien Storan.

Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park following what is believed to be a shooting incident on St Margaret’s Road in Finglas, Dublin. Photo: Damien Storan.

“This is a very mysterious one. Gardai were alerted after an ambulance was dispatched to attend to the victim,” a source said.

“There are no known witnesses to this incident and no-one was seen fleeing the scene. CCTV in the area will be analysed,” the source said.

It is believed the man’s injuries were inflicted by a handgun and because of the unusual nature of the incident and his injuries.

Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident.

A garda spokesman said the man is being treated in the Mater Hospital.

"Gardaí and emergency services attended a scene on St Margaret’s Road shortly after 5:00pm, where a man, aged in his 20s, was discovered with an apparent gunshot wound.

"He has since being taken to the Mater Hospital to be treated for his injuries which are understood to be non-life threatening.

"The scene was preserved for a technical examination which has since concluded.

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"Two men, both aged in their 20s have been arrested in relation to this incident and are currently detained under the provisions of Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 at Finglas Garda station.

"Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed this incident to come forward. They are particularly keen for anyone with camera footage (including dash-cam) to make this available to investigating Gardaí.

"Gardaí can be contacted at Finglas Garda Station 01 666 7500, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station."

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Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park.

Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park.

Garda investigators search a shopping centre car park.

Tensions in Finglas have been extremely high in recent months with dozens of violent incidents including the unsolved gun murder of gangster James Whelan last month.

However at “this early stage” this evening’s supermarket carpark shooting is not being linked to the feud that has seen over 70 incidents.

“Gardai will continue to keep an open mind and will need to determine what this individual was doing so far from his home base when he is linked to no-one in the area,” a source added last night.

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