A taxi driver who was injured in a shooting in Drogheda, Co Louth has appealed to those participating in a criminal feud in the town to stop before innocent lives are lost.

John Myles from Donore outside Drogheda was not the intended target of last night's gun attack.

He was out in his taxi driving two passengers when a masked gunman opened fire on his car on the Bridge of Peace in Drogheda.

"All I remember was the car coming in front of me, the man pointing the gun, and that was it. I didn't know after that, all that was in my head was my kids, my, kids, I want to get my kids," he said.

The local garda station is just metres away from the Bridge of Peace.

The intended target - a known figure in the Drogheda feud who is understood to have been a passenger in the taxi at the time - fled to the garda station after the shooting.

"Whether I was dead or alive they didn't care, they made sure they could get out, across me and get out and I couldn't get out, and they made their way [...] and I was left there," he said.

Mr Myles sustained two gunshot wounds to his back. He was taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda for treatment.

"It could've been different because my natural reaction was to turn when I seen it coming, and the doctors said if I hadn't have turned that it would've got me in my head and that was it."

For two years now a bitter feud has been ongoing in Drogheda between two gangs vying for the control of the drugs trade. Two people have been killed.

John Myles has appealed to those involved to stop.

"People are sick of it. Drogheda is sick of it. And I know today I am sick of it."