GARDA’ were last night linking the shooting of a teenager in Limerick to an ongoing feud in the city that has so far claimed eight lives.
Dozens more have been injured despite regular patrols and road blocks by members of the Emergency Response Unit and local armed detectives.
In the latest incident, the 18-yearold youth was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car with a female companion when three shots were fired directly at him.
While he sustained bullet wounds, his condition was last night described as stable.
The Friday evening incident in the Moyross area of Limerick – the scene of previous shootings – is believed to be the latest attack in a bitter feud which started with the November 2000 murder of gangland figure Eddie Ryan.
He was gunned down in front of his son in a crowded city centre bar by two masked men. A mother and her daughter were seriously injured in the attack.
Since his death, there have been a spate of tit-for-tat murders, stabbings, beatings and gun attacks.
In January 2003, crime boss Kieran Keane – who is said to have carried out Eddie Ryan’s murder – was shot to death while his nephew Owen Treacy survived multiple stab wounds in the same incident.
In July of the following year, John Ryan – a brother of murdered Eddie – was shot as he laid a patio, and in October, Michael Campbell McNamara was tortured to death before his body was dumped on waste ground.
In May last year, Aidan Ryan was murdered after being lured to a remote country laneway near Blackwater, Co. Clare. His death was followed by that of Noel Crawford, who was accidentally shot outside his parents’ home. The intended target had been a relative.
Last September, 20-year-old ‘Fat’ Frankie Ryan was shot in the head by a hitman on a motorbike while he sat in a car in Moyross, after being lured there by an associate.
In May 2007, 34-year-old armed robber Noel Campion was shot dead, prompting Defence Minister Willie O’Dea to promise an extra 100 gardaÌ for Limerick.
Meanwhile, gardaÌ in Dublin are investigating a gun attack on a house in the early hours of Saturday.
At least one shot was fired at the front door of the house at Moorefield Avenue, Clondalkin. There were two people in the house at the time of the attack, but neither were injured.