Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after a 24-year-old man was shot in west Dublin yesterday.
The man remains in a critical condition at Beaumont hospital in Dublin this afternoon.
He was stopped in traffic at the junction of Blakestown road and Huntstown Way in Mulhuddart at around 5pm yesterday evening when he was attacked.
The gunman got out of the passenger seat of a black/grey BMW and approached the victim's van before shooting him in the neck and upper body.
The gunman then fled the scene on foot towards Huntstown Lawn, while the car was driven to nearby Saddlers Lawn and set alight.
In a press conference this afternoon, Superintendent Liam Carolan said anybody nearby could have been 'shot dead'.
He explained: "It was daylight, and there were a number of people in the area - including children.
"A number of shots entered the van, and came out the far side. Anybody in the vicinity could have been shot dead, so clearly it was extremely reckless."
He urged anyone with any information to contact Gardaí. He said investigators are particularly interested in the movements of the "black/grey BMW 320 coupe, registration number 05KY5360, seen around the Blakestown Road area or adjoining estates yesterday between 9am and 5pm.
Gardaí believe the car was recently purchased in Ronanstown area and are anxious to speak to anyone who saw it between February 9th and March 6th.
"The gunman is described as approximately 6ft tall. He was wearing what is described as a dark bulky parka style jacket, a black baseball cap with a white logo and a blue glove on his left hand," he said.
"The driver of the BMW car is described as approximately 6ft tall, approximately 40-50 years of age, with grey facial hair.
"He was wearing a baseball cap and a hooded top.”
Investigators are also interested in talking to the driver of a black VW Golf seen leaving the area shortly after the attack and anyone who was in Sadlers Estate in Mulhuddart when the car was set alight.
Gardaí will be looking at increasing patrols in west Dublin after yesterday's shooting.
They are also appealing to anyone who was in the Blakestown Road or the Saddlers Grove area between 4:30pm and 5:30pm yesterday evening to come forward.
Anyone with information can contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01-666-7000.