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3 held after murder bid in feud city.

Byline: EOIN REYNOLDS

THE latest victim of gang violence was fighting for his life last night while gardai held three suspects for his attempted murder.

Daniel Phillips, 20, from Ballinacurra Weston in Limerick, was shot on Monday at about 9.20pm in St John's Square in the city.

He was in a car with two other males when a man on a bicycle carrying a semi-automatic weapon opened fire. Mr Phillips was shot in the head while the two men with him escaped injury.

The victim taken to the Mid Western Regional Hospital where he was treated before being transferred to Cork University Hospital for an emergency operation.

His condition was last night described as critical.

The Emergency Response Unit and members of the Armed Regional Support Units were on duty in the city when the attack happened. The ERU was on the scene within minutes.

A senior Garda source said yesterday that Mr Phillips who is known to gardai is not involved with any of the main feuding gangs in Limerick. However, two known associates of the McCarthy-Dundon criminal gang were in the car at the time of the attack.

It also emerged that the men were in the area to collect another individual who is well known to gardai and closely aligned to the south side criminal gang.

Two men and a woman were arrested shortly after the shooting and were being held at Roxboro and Henry Street Garda stations.

On of the men being questioned is aged 27 and has escaped two assassination attempts this year.

Gardai believe the shooter in this case was ordered by the city's gang lords to carry out the attack while they kept their distance.

Criminal gangs in Limerick have been involved in the feud that has claimed dozens of lives.

Gardai seized a number of bicycles as part of their investigation but the handgun used in the attack has not been recovered.

Anyone with information on the attack is urged to contact gardai on 061 212400 or the confidential line on 1800 666 111.

CORRECTION IN our report yesterday concerning the shooting of a man in St John's Square, Limerick we stated that the victim, Daniel Phillips, had died. In fact, Mr Phillips was critically injured. At the time of publication, his condition remains unchanged. We are happy to correct the position.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 26, 2010
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