Gardai in Offaly estate overnight after shooting

Incident linked to ongoing feud in Tullamore

Gearoid Keegan

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Gearoid Keegan

Gardai in Offaly estate overnight after shooting

A garda car pictured at the scene of the shooting in Arden View, Tullamore

GARDAI were maintaining a presence in a Tullamore residential estate overnight after two shots were fired at a house on Monday evening.

One shot went through the front door of the house in Arden View in the Co Offaly town while another hit a front door window.

Nobody was injured in the shooting which is the latest in a number of incidents in the same area this year.

Neighbours claimed members of one family were responsible for the shots and said a number of children in the house were fortunate to escape unhurt.

A smell of burning remained in the air nearby before midnight and local people alleged an attempt was made to destroy evidence.

Gardai said the incident was related to an ongoing feud between two families and a definite line of enquiry was being followed.

The scene was preserved and one road in the estate was cordoned off.

The feud had previously flared up in April and a number of people have been before the courts accused of violent disorder.

Neighbours said Monday evening's shooting was also linked to a plot in May to send an armed “hit team” to Tullamore.

That plan was foiled when gardai stopped a car in Clara and found three Brazilian men with a sub machine gun and a shot gun.

They pleaded guilty to firearms offences in the Circuit Court last week.

The court heard there was no intention to kill anyone but shots were going to be discharged at a house in Tullamore.