Gardai are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident in Dublin last night in which a six-year-old child was shot and injured.

It happened in the Ballyfermot area of the city.

The boy, the latest victim of gun crime in Dublin, was taken to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, where he's being treated for a gunshot wound.

Just after 10pm last night, two men called to a house in Croftwood Grove in Ballyfermot in west Dublin and fired a number of shots at a man inside.

However, a six year old boy was hit in the neck.

Gardai and the emergency services were quickly on the scene and the boy, who was conscious at the time, was taken to hospital.

Gardai have not recovered the firearm used in the incident, which may be a pellet gun, and no arrests have been made so far.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Ballyfermot Garda Station.