A TEENAGE criminal avoided death or serious injury when the weapon being used to shoot him jammed as the gunman pulled the trigger.
While no complaint has been made in relation to the incident, gardai say they are aware of “unsubstantiated reports” that a gun which was pointed from a jeep jammed as it was about to be fired, as fears grow over a new feud.
Meanwhile, gardai have rolled out a special operation on the northside of the city following a number of recent incidents involving youngsters aligned to criminal gangs.
There have been up to five separate incidents since New Year’s Eve including two shooting incidents, the most recent of which happened last Tuesday night.
Since last week there have been additional armed and unarmed garda patrols as well checkpoints at potential flashpoints.
“The message has to get out that this cowboy stuff going around taking potshots at each other in the middle of bridges is not acceptable in a modern society,” said one senior garda figure.
While gardai have identified the youngsters at the centre of the current hostilities, they are being met with a wall of resistance.
“There is very little cooperation from either side (of the feud) so we have had to put huge resources into disrupting them and putting a lid on their activities,” said a garda source.
Meanwhile, the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, says she hopes the current tensions can be kept under control.
“The guards have a very, very good job in Limerick in recent times in ensuring that we didn’t have outbreaks of violence, and I commend them for that,” she said.
“I would be as concerned as anyone else if there was any indication that we were going to see incidents that would cause concerns to the community, so as a public representative I will be in continuous contact with the gardai, as will my colleagues, to give them any support they need.
“They’ve done a very good job, and I don’t think we should be stirring up fears at this point in time,” she added.