Two men injured in Sixmilebridge shooting

Two men injured in Sixmilebridge shooting



3.45pm – The main street in Sixmilebridge has now reopened.

Gardaí have confirmed they are seeking information about a large black ‘jeep type’ vehicle, possibly a BMW SUV, that was seen in the area at the time.

Gardaí have appealed to anyone who might have seen the vehicle or have dashcam footage of it if they were in the area at around the time of the incident to contact them.

– Photo: © Pat Flynn 2020

Two men, including an innocent passer-by, are recovering in hospital following a shooting incident in Co Clare overnight.

The shooting occurred on the main street in Sixmilebridge shortly after midnight. Both men, aged 21 and 66, were treated at the scene before being taken by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

One of the men, understood to have been the intended target of the attack, suffered a more serious injuries. He is believed to be the younger of the two and had been living in Limerick.

The second older man was unconnected with the incident and is understood to have been visiting the town from Galway for a music festival.

It’s understood that at least two men wearing balaclavas were seen getting out of a car while as many as eight shots rang out according to one local.

Staff from a nearby public house ran to assist the man and used paper towels to stem the bleeding from a wound until ambulance paramedics arrived.

A section of the main street of Sixmilebridge and the carpark adjacent to the local church have been sealed and traffic diverted away from the area.

Gardaí have confirmed that no arrests have been made to date and the scene is currently preserved for forensic and technical examination.

An incident room has been established at Shannon Garda Station while investigating officers will hold a case conference later this morning.

In the meantime, Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Shannon Garda Station 061-365900 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.