Gardaí have arrested nine people in connection with an alleged shooting in the town of Longford that later resulted in a man allegedly being mowed down by a van in a hit-and-run dispute.
The incident, which occurred on January 24, left a man hospitalized with serious injuries.
A video posted by the man’s father was uploaded to social media the same evening, in which he appeared to be “calling” a number of people, addressing claims his son was the victim of a drive-by shooting.
Detectives believe he is currently involved in a simmering feud between the families that began last December.
Members of the man’s own family are currently on trial in connection with a violent incident that took place at a busy department store in the city of Longford last month.
He was also previously the target of Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) officials along with a number of close allies.
Gardaí are understood to be investigating whether the man may have been attacked after a firearm was fired in the town’s Ardnacassa housing estate that same afternoon.
Disturbing footage of the incident, in which young children were heard screaming and ducking for cover, is believed to be an integral part of Gardaí’s ongoing investigation into the incident.
A Garda spokesman has confirmed that a file is now being sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to determine what charges, if any, may be brought against any of the individuals who have been detained for questioning.
“Nine people have been arrested in connection with an incident involving a firearm firing in Ardnacassa, Co. Longford on January 24, 2022,” the spokesman said.
“Each person was released without charge, with a file prepared for the Chief Prosecutor.”
It comes amid growing fears about the escalating levels of violent incidents that have spread to the streets of the Midlands city in recent weeks.
The latest of these took place last Tuesday when a man was seriously injured after allegedly being stabbed in the doors of a fast food joint.
Patrick Stokes, 27, of Corboy, Edgeworthstown, County Longford, was brought before Mullingar District Court two days later and was released on bail despite strong objections from Gardaí.
The court heard the alleged incident took place in front of around 10 to 15 people, some of whom were young children.
Concerns related to the rising number of violent episodes in the City of Longford have led to greater police visibility, tougher sentencing and the provision of additional resources to Gardaí.
“This is not just a feud, this is serious criminal violence,” local Cllr Seamus Butler said.
“These people need to be kept off the streets of Longford for as long as possible and justice has to play a big part in that.
“What we and this city need are more resources and what is required is foot patrols that need to be conducted in Longford every working day.”
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/crime/gardai-arrest-nine-people-over-feud-related-violence-in-which-man-was-shot-and-another-run-over-with-van-41539367.html Gardaí arrested nine people for violence related to feuds that saw one man shot and another run over by a van