Local Councillor Maíre Hendron said: “To have two armed robberies take place in an area in one afternoon is very worrying. It is deeply disturbing that a shot was fired in one of these incidents. The total disregard shown for the safety of staff and others is despicable.
“These two incidents have shocked the local community, who would definitely not expect something like this to happen in these areas. These incidents took place in broad daylight in busy areas, so I would appeal to anyone who saw anything suspicious to contact police immediately.”