Six-year-old boy stable after late night gun attack: Dublin detectives following 'definite line' after gunmen burst into the child's home and opened fire

  • Boy, 6, being treated for a gunshot would following incident at 10.15pm
  • Youngster in 'a stable condition' following Friday night's shooting
  • Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald 'shocked and appalled' by attack
  • Detectives believe the gunmen escaped from the scene on bicycles

By Darren Boyle

Two gunmen burst through the front door of a house last night and shot a six-year-old boy in the neck in a gun attack in Dublin.

The men pushed their way into the hallway of the house in Croftwood Gardens, Ballyfermot before one of them opened fire.

The youngster was rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital where he is understood to be in a 'stable condition'.

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau, left, searched the crime scene looking for evidence while a uniformed garda and a detective, right conducted house to house inquiries

Members of the Garda Technical Bureau, left, searched the crime scene looking for evidence while a uniformed garda and a detective, right conducted house to house inquiries

Officers secured a wide area outside the house on Croftwood Gardens in Ballyfermot, Dublin in case the gunmen dropped any forensic evidence as the fled the scene

Officers secured a wide area outside the house on Croftwood Gardens in Ballyfermot, Dublin in case the gunmen dropped any forensic evidence as the fled the scene

The incident happened at 10.15pm on Friday and detectives are currently trying to determine a motive for the shooting.

Gardai have confirmed that the child was not the intended target of the gun attack and said they are 'following a definite line of inquiry'.

The scene has been secured by specialists from the Garda Technical Bureau who are conducting a full forensic examination of the scene.

Officers are also canvassing local residents to see if they witnessed anything unusual in the period leading up to the shooting.

 

A senior officer has been tasked with co-ordinating the investigation.

The two men involved in the shooting are believed to have escaped the scene on bicycle.

A garda spokesman said: 'The shooting occurred shortly after 10pm, a six-year-old boy received what is believed to be a gunshot wound to his neck. When gardai arrived on scene they administered first aid until the arrival of the ambulance.

'The injured boy was taken to Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin. His condition is described as stable and non life-threatening.'

A member of the Garda Technical Bureau places a possible clue into an evidence bag which will be tested in the National Forensics Laboratory as part of the investigation

A member of the Garda Technical Bureau places a possible clue into an evidence bag which will be tested in the National Forensics Laboratory as part of the investigation

Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: ' I share the shock of the community in Ballyfermot at the appalling shooting of a child last night.  The thoughts and prayers of everyone will be for the recovery of the child.

'Acting Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan has assured me that the Gardaí are making significant progress with their inquiries and that they are determined to bring to justice those involved in perpetrating this dreadful incident. 

'In that they have the full support of the local community and I would appeal to anyone who has information which could be helpful to the Gardaí to pass this on immediately.

'This incident is a stark reminder of the dangers of a gun culture and the men and women of An Garda Síochána have the full support of the Minister and local communities for the work they do day in day out in counteracting the activities of those who show such a callous disregard for human life.'

Local Sinn Fein councillor Daithi Doolan told Mail Online: 'This is absolutely shocking. My thoughts and prayers are with this young boy and his family.

'I would urge anyone who has any information about this shooting to come forward to gardai.'

Cllr Doolan said residents in the area have recently been complaining about joyriding and other types of criminality.

'We need to work with the local council, gardai and government to bring an end to this type of violence.'

A garda spokeperson confirmed they are following 'a definite line of inquiry following Friday night's shooting

A garda spokeperson confirmed they are following 'a definite line of inquiry following Friday night's shooting

The child was shot at 10.15pm in Croftwood Gardens in Ballyfermot and was rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital for emergency treatment

The child was shot at 10.15pm in Croftwood Gardens in Ballyfermot and was rushed to Crumlin Children's Hospital for emergency treatment

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Yet another reason why i left Ballyfermot and Ireland, the place is a hell hole full of hitmen and murders.

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This doesn't make sense. Unless the intended victim WAS the boy. No mention of family members or others being hurt which is a bit strange if they burst way in and opened fire as reported.

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I know this is rubbish. Criminals only have cave man weapons over there. At least that's what we're told in the US.

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Much of the IRA was and still is a front for gangsters and racketeering. Thank you Tony Blair for allowing so many of these people to be released into the community to continue their thuggery.

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They escaped on bicycles ? - Just how young were these 'gunmen' ?

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What kind of morons ...............!!!?

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2 points: Christopher, the boy was in his house and Shilo, It's not like Chicago. You've been misinformed.

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Tragic tale of city life these days. The Garda need to act quickly to stamp out the drug and crime lords who are making the lives of the decent people in inner city Dublin hell, I pray this little boy survives, and quick, constructive action is taken by the politicians and Garda Siochana , who have turned a blind eye for far too long.

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What the hell?!

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This disgusting shooting happened the same night as a gangland shooting next to a play centre during the day!!!! Obviously there is no regard for innocent people

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