Arrest follows shooting in Derrinturn

Derrinturn. Pic. Dessie Boland.

Derrinturn. Pic. Dessie Boland.

A man was arrested in Derrinturn in the early hours of Sunday morning, March 2, following reports of a shooting in the village just before 4.30 am.

Gardai have confirmed that a man was detained by them under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act. He was yesterday being held in Leixlip Garda Station.

The shooting took place in the normally quiet village near the church.

Locals have told the Leinster Leader that shots were fired a second floor window opposite the Costcutters supermarket.

It is understood that two shots were fired, although it is not known if they hit anything or if any damage was caused to the building or the window.

Locals were also not aware of what kind of firearm was used, and it is understood that at the time of writing, Monday afternoon, March 3, Gardai were not in possession of the firearm.

Reports suggest that the shooter was travelling in a van, and that they left after the shots were fired.

Gardai were quickly on the scene of the incident and set up a cordon around the building to await technical investigations.

Locals who spoke to the Leinster Leader said they were not aware of any motive for the shooting, although that will presumbably be part of the questioning of the man currently in Garda custody.

The man was arrested “within the hour” a Garda source revealed.

The source emphasised that the investigation was “very fresh and ongoing” and as a result did not wish to give out any information which might hinder the investigation or alert anyone else who may have been involved as to which way it may go.

It is not known whether the man in custody is from the area or not.

However locals from the Derrinturn and Carbury locality believed he may be.

Under the provisions of that Act, the man who is currently in custoday may be held for 72 hours, or in practical terms, until Wednesday morning.




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