Shooting sparks investigation and arrest of notorious criminal

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Andrew Carey

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A SHOOTING in Limerick last night is under investigation after a man was hospitalised with gun shot pellet wounds to the stomach.

Shortly after 9:30pm on Byrne Avenue, a lone gunman approached the victim and discharged what is understood to be a shotgun before fleeing the scene in foot.

The 27-year-old victim, named locally as Sean Finnan, was rushed to University Hospital Limerick after Gardai and emergency services were called to the scene.

A convicted drug dealer, Finnan was treated for numerous pellet wounds but was later discharged from hospital.

A 29-year-old notorious criminal who was recently released from prison after serving a lengthy sentence for serious crimes was arrested in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.

He is currently under detention at Roxboro Garda Station and can be held for three days.

The scene has been preserved for a technical examination.

The incident occurred in an area once the stronghold of the McCarthy Dundon criminal gang but Gardai say that the shooting is not gang related.