Shooting of teenager in Dublin believed to be failed murder attempt

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The incident took place on Wednesday night at about 11pm on Eugene Street.
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Benjamin Cooper, PA

Updated 3.25pm, 25/02/2021.

A man aged in his late teens has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after being shot in Dublin’s south inner city.

A Garda spokesperson said the incident took place on Wednesday night at around 10.55pm on Eugene Street.

The Irish Times reports gardaí believe the shooting of the 17-year-old was a failed murder attempt.

The teenager was getting into a taxi when a number of men approached him and opened fire, in what gardaí believe was a pre-planned and targeted attack.

While the victim has survived the shooting there were grave concerns for his life after he received a number of gunshot wounds, including a wound in the neck. He was taken to St James Hospital to be treated.

Motive

Gardaí are attempting to establish if the attack was drug-related, with a precise motive yet to be identified.

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A number of people who were in the area at the time, including the man driving the taxi, have been spoken to by gardaí.

In an update issued on Thursday, gardaí said the scene is currently preserved and a technical examination is being carried out by the Garda Technical Bureau.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly anyone who was in the Eugene Street and Dublin 8 area last night between 10.30pm and 11.30pm, to come forward.

They are also appealing for information regarding a black Hyundai i30, registration number 07-TS-4838, while was found burnt out on Greenville Avenue. Gardaí are asking for anyone with information on the car's whereabouts on Wednesday and in recent days to contact them.

Anyone who may have camera footage of the incident, including dash-cam and mobile phone footage, is also asked to make it available to investigating officers.

Anyone with any information in relation to the matter should contact Kevin Street Garda Station on 01 666 9400, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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