Gardai suspect that County Limerick shotgun attack may be linked to family feud

Gerard Fitzgibbon

Reporter:

Gerard Fitzgibbon

A FILE has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to a shooting incident in Askeaton last week, which gardai believe is linked to an ongoing family feud in the area.

A FILE has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in relation to a shooting incident in Askeaton last week, which gardai believe is linked to an ongoing family feud in the area.

Two men aged 18 and 26-years-old were released without charge after they were arrested in connection with the shotgun attack at The Quay, Askeaton at 10.15pm last Wednesday night.

Two men aged in their late 20s and early 30s were injured in the attack, which took place after a gunman opened fire on three people sitting in a parked car.

It is understood that the victims were sitting in the car when another vehicle pulled up alongside, and a gunman fired a shotgun round into their car.

The three men then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot, but were pursued by the gunman, who then fired a second shot. The three lost the gunman by running through a nearby housing estate.

Two men suffered wounds to their heads and hands in the attack, and were taken the Mid Western Regional Hospital for treatment. However their condition was described as not life threatening, and they were discharged after being treated overnight.

Two men were arrested in Shannon on Thursday afternoon after gardai launched a major investigation into the incident. The pair were taken to Henry Street garda station, where they were held overnight before being released without charge. A file on the case has been sent to the DPP.

It is believed that the gun attack may be linked to a dispute between two families in the Askeaton area, which is thought to have been re-ignited following an assault in the town on the previous Saturday.

Meanwhile, gardai in Rathkeale seized an estimated €40,000 worth of cannabis plants following a raid on drug grow houses in the town last Friday. Gardai made the discovery during an intelligence-led search of a house on August 3. After carrying out a search, gardai discovered the plants in an adjacent field.

The plants were removed from the scene by garda technical teams and were sent away for lab analysis.

A spokesperson for Askeaton gardai said that no arrests have been made, and that an investigation into the drugs operation is ongoing