Drogheda Gardaí have mounted a full scale investigation and are appealing for information after a man in his thirties was shot six times shortly after midnight last night whilst his wife and children slept in an adjoining building at the halting site on Cement Road .
The 34-year-old victim sustained a number of gunshot wounds and was taken by ambulance to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and his condition has been described as “critical but stable” by Superintendent Andrew Watters who also revealed that nobody else was injured in the incident.
The scene was preserved for forensic and technical examination an incident room has been established at Drogheda Garda Station.
Speaking at Drogheda Garda Station this morning Superintendent Watters told Drogheda Life: “We are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to contact us here at the incident room in Drogheda Garda Station.
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He said that the victim had been shot six times, in the legs, wrists, abdomen and shoulder, with a pistol type firearm whilst his wife and young children slept in the next bungalow.
Appealing for anyone with any information to come forward he said: “No human being deserves to be shot in this manner.”
Two cars were reported leaving the scene of the incident, a white saloon and a blue Volkswagen estate with an 03 D registration. The Volkswagen was stopped in Dundalk 30 minutes later and the driver arrested on “un-related matters”
“I am particularly appealing to anyone who may have seen either of these cars leaving the Cement Road or on any route to Dundalk to come forward” Sperintendent Watters said.
“A full investigation is now under way and we are gathering CCTV from a number of sources.
“We are also asking anyone who was in the Cement Road or Mell area of Drogheda between 11.45pm and 12.30am last night to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041- 9874200 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.