A man has suffered serious but not fatal shooting in Cork overnight.
The man, in his early 20s, suffered a gunshot wound to the buttocks/lower back outside a home on Churchfield Avenue on the city’s north side just before 4 a.m.
Gardaí and emergency services were alerted and the man was injured and taken by ambulance to Cork University Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery for his injuries.
Gardaí preserved the scene and Garda technical experts began a forensic examination of the scene in the hope of obtaining some DNA or other evidence that could help them identify the gunman.
Gardaí have started door-to-door inquiries to see if anyone heard or saw anything, while they have also started inspecting houses in the area to see if anyone has CCTC cameras that could help them.
One avenue of investigation is that the victim may have been called to meet someone. The Gardaí hope that the doctors will give them permission to speak to the victim when she is well enough to speak.
They also hope to check his phone to see who he may have been in contact with in the hours leading up to the shooting, while also hoping to track his movements from Friday night to Saturday morning.
At this point, the Gardaí are keeping an open mind as to whether the gunman acted alone or had an accomplice.
Gardaí are calling for anyone with information to come forward. They are especially interested in anyone with footage from the camera (including the dash cam) making it available to investigate Gardaí.
Officers investigating the shooting at Gurranabrahrer Garda station can be contacted on 021 4946200, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.