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Limerick Resident Arrested After Reckless Shooting Incident

In a shocking turn of events, Co. Limerick finds itself in the headlines once again, this time due to an alarming incident involving an army reserve man named James Coleman. Employed by Mr R. W. Jervis, J.P., Tullavin, Croom, Coleman caused a sensation in Athlacca, situated halfway between Kilmallock and Croom.

The incident unfolded when Coleman, armed with a six-chamber revolver, began firing shots indiscriminately at various individuals, resulting in serious injuries to one or two people. Among the victims was a farmer named Kennelly from Banogue, who narrowly escaped being fatally shot. Instead, he suffered severe wounds to his arm due to a bullet fired by Coleman.

The ex-army man did not stop there; he made multiple unsuccessful attempts to harm his own brother-in-law and his brother-in-law’s wife. Reports suggest that Coleman broke the windows of their house and fired several shots at them, fortunately missing their intended targets. Additionally, he reportedly took aim at a gentleman residing in the district, prompting the latter to urgently seek police assistance by travelling three miles to Bruree.

The police swiftly responded to the call, arriving from Bruree and managing to apprehend Coleman. They transported him to Bruree barracks, where he is now in custody, facing charges related to the reckless shooting incident. Meanwhile, those injured in the attack were attended to and conveyed to their homes.

The motives behind Coleman’s actions remain unclear, and authorities are conducting a thorough investigation into the incident. As the community grapples with the shock of the events in Athlacca, residents are left questioning the circumstances that led to such a disturbing occurrence in their midst.

Local authorities have not released further details regarding the ongoing investigation, but they assure the public that they are committed to uncovering the truth behind Coleman’s actions. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the potential dangers that can arise unexpectedly, even in seemingly tranquil areas like Athlacca.

Community members, still reeling from the recent bank robbery that captured national attention, now face the unsettling reality that incidents of this nature can occur closer to home. As the legal process unfolds, the people of Co. Limerick wait for more information on the motivations and background of James Coleman, hoping for a clearer understanding of the events that transpired in their community.

Evening Herald (Dublin) – Wednesday 04 June 1913

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