An attempt to shoot a convicted drug dealer at his Dublin home is being investigated by gardaí.

A gunman approached the 63-year-old outside his home in Killester at around 11am today, but his weapon jammed and the gunman fled the scene.

The victim has served 14 years in jail for drug dealing.

He has refused to make a statement to gardaí and is denying the attack took place.

However, detectives are satisfied there was an attempt on his life.

Gardaí say they want to trace a man who was seen leaving the area on foot in the direction of the Howth Road.

He is described as being 5ft11” and of heavy build. He was wearing navy tracksuit bottoms and a navy hooded top.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Raheny Garda Station on 01 6664300 or the Garda confidential line on 1800 666 111.