Latest: Woman arrested in connection with triple shooting emerges as chief suspect

Update - 9.09pm: The woman arrested by Gardaí in Co. Wicklow in connection with the triple shooting in Dublin yesterday has emerged as the chief suspect.

The 23-year-old woman was arrested by officers investigating the shooting this afternoon on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm.

Gardaí can question her for up to three days. A 48-year-old man arrested yesterday is still being questioned.

Officers found a sawn-off shotgun today hidden in Parslickstown Gardens where the shooting took place.

5.35pm - Gardaí investigating gun attack that injured baby arrest woman in Wicklow:

Gardaí have arrested a 23-year-old woman in the Wicklow area in connection with the Blanchardstown shooting.

She is being detained under the provisions of section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act 1939 as amended at a Dublin Garda Station.

Gardaí have also recovered a firearm after a number of searches in the Parslickstown area earlier today.

Update 1pm: Latest: Let's stop the deadly feuds, say Traveller groups after baby hurt in gun attack

Groups representing Travellers are appealing for feuding families in west Dublin to avail of mediation services.

It is after a baby, his mother and a teenage boy were injured by a shotgun blast in Parslickstown Gardens in Mulhuddart yesterday.

Lynn Doyle and her 8-month-old baby John who is recovering in hospital after being blasted with a shotgun.

Gardaí are continuing to question a man in his 40s in connection with the incident.

John and Matthew Collins are recovering in hospital after surgery, the baby’s mother Lynn Doyle was also hurt.

The incident has sparked fears of reprisals in this dispute between families going back 2-3 years.

17-year old Matthew Collins is recovering in hospital after surgery.

But the Interim director of the Irish Traveller Movement, Susan Shaw is appealing for calm.

She said: "I can only imagine with a grand-child myself what that must feel like.

"That level of pain leads us all to want to vent that frustration, it is just such a deep level of pain.

"We are clearly saying 'pull back from it.'"

The local Blanchardstown Traveller Support Group has offered its mediation services to try and resolve the dispute.

Susan Shaw says it is the best way to avoid further upset.

She said: "An escalation means more pain, more harm and maybe a worse tragedy than this."

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at Parslickstown Gardens, in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, today. Pic: PA

Update 11.25am: Gardaí are continuing to question a man arrested in connection with the shooting of a baby, his mother and a teenager yesterday in Dublin.

The three are recovering in hospital after a shotgun was discharged at them at Parslickstown Gardens in Mulhuddart.

Update 8am: A man was being questioned overnight about a triple shooting in West Dublin yesterday.

The man in his 40s, was detained after an 8-month-old baby, his mother, and a teenage boy were injured - in what is believed to be a feud-related attack in Mulhuddart.

The investigation is ongoing and Gardaí are appealing for witnesses.

No one has been charged yet.

Yesterday: An eight month old baby boy was lucky to escape with his life after he, along with his mum and teenage uncle, were blasted with a shotgun in broad daylight, writes Security Correspondent, Cormac O’Keeffe.

It is thought that up to 30 pellets struck the baby boy's leg, breaking it, during the shooting at Parslickstown Gardens, in Blanchardstown, west Dublin.

His mum, aged 29, who is understood to have been holding her son at her hip, received injuries to her hand.

The boy’s uncle, aged 17, was shot in the stomach.

“There were a number of shots fired, probably two,” said a garda source, “and depending on the grade of the cartridge and number of ball bearings inside, there could be 60-70 pellets in a cartridge.

“They could have gone anywhere, in the child’s head, his heart, an artery, anywhere. Same with him mum and the teenager.”

Arthur Collins, the baby's grandfather and father of the teenage boy, said: "It has gone that far now that they are going to kill children. This has to be the lowest of the low I have ever come across.”

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at Parslickstown Gardens, in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, today. Pic: PA

'This feud is only starting,' says grandfather of 8-month-old baby shot along with teenager and woman

Superintendent Carolan has described the situation at the scene as "volatile".

Arthur Collins, the baby's grandfather and father of the teenage boy, said when he first heard the shots he thought they were bangers.

"I heard bang, bang, bang... I ran out, I saw my son on the ground. I held the blood from my son.

"It has gone that far now that they are going to kill children. This has to be the lowest of the low I have ever come across," he said.

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting at Parslickstown Gardens, in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, today. Pic: PA

Mr Collins said that his grandchild is just six months old.

"He (the gunman) could have killed someone here today. My son is fighting for his life. I don't know if he is going to live or die.

"This feud is only starting."


 

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