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ongoing probe Man (20s) arrested after shots fired at car at junction in Clondalkin

A number of children who were passengers in the car at the time were not physically harmed

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The victims were treated in St James's Hospital Dublin

The victims were treated in St James's Hospital Dublin

The victims were treated in St James's Hospital Dublin

A man has been arrested after shots were fired at a car in Clondalkin on Monday morning. 

The windows of the car were shattered when a firearm was discharged as it was parked at traffic lights at the junction of Oak Road and Nangor Road at approximately 9.45am.

The front seat occupants, a woman and man in their 30s, were treated for non-life threating injuries at St James Hospital.

A number of children who were passengers in the car at the time were not physically harmed.

Gardai said it is understood a car involved in the incident fled from the scene.

An investigation was launched by gardaí at Clondalkin Station, and, following a search and arrest operation in the south east Dublin area this morning, a man in his 20s was arrested.

“He is currently detained under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act, 1939, at Clondalkin Garda Station and can be held for up to 72 hours,” gardai said.

“The investigation is ongoing and further updates will follow.”

The shooting was condemned by one local councillor, William Joseph Carey (SF), who told sundayworld.com that: “Unfortunately it’s all too often that we are hearing about incidents like this now in Dublin.

"Sometimes you think that they happen so frequently that they don't even make the headlines anymore, which is a problem in itself,” Cllr Carey said.

“And this is the danger, that we are becoming almost conditioned to this level of criminality, and I don't think that’s acceptable.

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"There are always these ongoing issues, which is widespread across Dublin now, and they don’t even come as a shock anymore, it's as if we’ve come to half expect to hear about them.

“But we've been trying to address certain issues in and around the Clondalkin area for a long time.

“We have regular meetings with the gardaí and myself and the other councillors work closely with the local officers here.

"At our meetings in the local policing forum we talk about trying to redirect young people into different avenues, away from criminal behaviour, so the idea of anyone using a gun has to be utterly condemned."

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