A 38-year-old man who was shot a number of times in an attack in Dublin last night is in a stable condition in hospital and did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses after the attack at a house at Parslickstown Green in Mulhuddart last night.

Garda Superintendent Liam Carolan said a gunman dressed in black and wearing a balaclava approached the back of the house at around 8.15pm and fired a number of shots.

The victim was hit a number of times and ran out of the house onto the road, where he was chased by the gunman.

It is believed the shooter fired again on the road, before leaving the scene in a medium-sized dark car.

The injured man was treated at the scene before being taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown.

Supt Carolan said the victim's partner and two children were in the house at the time of the attack, but were not injured.

He added that the victim is not known to gardaí and has no criminal convictions.

Gardaí are still trying to establish a motive for the attack, and whether the victim was the intended target.

A number of checkpoints were put in place and door-to-door inquiries are being carried out.

Gardaí have appealed for anyone with information to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01-6667000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800- 666-111 or any garda station.

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