Gardaí in Clondalkin have begun a major investigation after 10 year old had a gun pointed at his head during an armed robbery.
The latest attack which occurred at the More4Less Food store in Bawnogue Shopping Centre in Clondalkin, West Dublin, comes after the same man was involved in raids last Friday and Sunday. Reports say the gunman operated solo in last Friday’s armed raid but had an accomplice for his second robbery on Sunday which saw gun pointed at the head of a terrified 10 year old boy. Gardaí say the ruthless thugs fled the scene with a small amount of cash. The latest series of attacks reportedly come after a number of armed robberies were carried out at the shopping centre in recent months.
The terrifying incident on Sunday was witnessed by a More4Less employee who told The Irish Mirror: “The majority of people in Bawnogue are good but we want the community to take a stand. “Pointing a gun at the boy really hit me. “He was looking at toys on the shelf when the guy came in and brandished the gun around, but if the gun goes off. “There’s a lot of kids, around 20-30 of them, hanging out outside, intimidating staff, throwing eggs, trying to pull the shutters down. “It’s got progressively worse. “You can’t turn your back for a moment or they’re in and it’s not even like they want to steal, but just to cause damage.”
Meanwhile a Garda spokesman said: “Gardai are investigating incident in which a lone male, entered a Bawnogue shop on April 1 before 8pm. “He is believed to be in possession of a black hand-gun. Threatened staff, left with a small amount of cash. No injuries reported. “On April 3, a similar incident, this time two males entered the premises. “One in possession of a black hand-gun and the other male had a long kitchen knife. “Again, staff were threatened, and they left with a small amount of cash, and fled on foot in the direction of Alpine Heights.”
Gardaí are urging anyone with any information to contact them at Clondalkin Garda station at 666 7600.
Source: The Irish Mirror