Gardai investigating the shooting of a six-year-old boy have appealed to whoever was involved in the incident to come forward.

The child remains in a stable condition after he was shot in the neck last night at Croftwood Gardens in the Ballyfermot suburb of Dublin.

Gardai do not believe he was the intended target and are following a definite line of inquiry in relation to the shooting.

Reports suggest he was wounded after men pushed open the door of a house and shot into the hallway.

A senior investigating officer has been appointed to this incident. Scenes are being technically examined by the Technical Bureau and extensive house-to-house inquiries are being undertaken, gardai said.

A spokesman said earlier: "The shooting occurred shortly after 10pm, a six-year-old boy received what is believed to be a gunshot wound to his neck. When gardai arrived on scene they administered first aid until the arrival of the ambulance.

"The injured boy was taken to Our Lady's Hospital, Crumlin. His condition is described as stable and non life-threatening."