A LOCAL community is in shock after employees in a pizza takeaway in 2019 have been shot in a failed robbery.
Employees in Mizzoni's Pizza in Edenmore, Raheny on the north side of Dublin, had just sold their first pizza of the New Year when a man with a gun came into the store and demanded cash.
The shooter – who had terrorized the local community for years – then blasted two of the men who worked in the shop, one in the stomach and the other in the coffin, before escaping the scene empty-handed.
Staff aged 38 and 28 were urgently taken to Beamount Hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Gardai arrested two men as part of an investigation into the shooting later that night – at the age of 44 and 18 – that are being held tonight at Coolock and Raheny Garda Stations.
The scene was closed today around the popular pizzeria in Edenmore Shopping Center, while forensic research was conducted.
It is a street that is well covered by CCTV cameras with Gardai in the hope that the visual material will be an important part of their research.
Other companies that surround the fast food restaurant, including a bookmaker of Paddy Power and a Centra, have also been hit by robberies in the past year.
Yvonne Kavanagh, who works with the bookmakers in front of the pizzeria, told the Irish Sun that the companies in the shopping center are regularly being targeted by villains.
She said, "We were deprived last year, a man came in with a gun, it was very scary, he got a small sum in cash.
"Then you look at the door and look at everyone coming in and out, and you are very nervous weeks later.
"I know the boys (from Mizzoni) I would not know them so well, but they come in to make a bet and that.
"They are nice guys, they are very polite, really normal people like us who are going to do a bit of work.
"There was also a robbery in the Centers about two months ago, and overall it's a great place to work.
"The locals are simply beautiful, there are clearly only a few bad eggs."
A local man who lives near the store said that Mizzoni's takeaway meal is very popular in the area and that the community is shocked by the shooting.
He said, "I'm just on the road, I heard the sirens go off last night after it happened, there's usually boys hanging around those shops there, but they know that all the guys in the pizzeria go there, it's a very popular place. .
"The Centers next to it have been deprived a number of times over the years, and in general you are good and bad everywhere.
"This is a close-knit community, and it is terrible that we start the new year with that."
The head office of Mizzoni's Pizza said in a statement on social media: "Because of the incident in our Edenmore store last night, it will remain closed until further notice.
"We wish our injured colleagues a quick recovery."
The injuries of the workers have been described as "not life-threatening" and it is also understood that one of the men had been released from the hospital earlier today.
Gardai wants to talk to anyone who may have information about the shooting.
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One source said: "This particular individual has terrorized the local community for some time."
A spokesman for An Garda Siochana said: "Investigation gardai calls on witnesses or a person with information to contact the control room at Coolock Garda station on 01 666 4200, the Garda confidentiality line 1800 666 111 or another Garda -station."
The two men who had been arrested as part of their investigation had been detained last night on the basis of article 30 of the Act against offenses against the state.