Saturday 24 September 2016

Captured on CCTV: The chilling moment as Gareth Hutch is targeted mid-morning outside his Dublin home

Warning: This footage has been edited, but some viewers may find it distressing

Published 25/05/2016 | 08:49

CCTV footage captures the moment Gareth Hutch was targeted by two gunmen outside his house
CCTV footage captures the moment Gareth Hutch was targeted by two gunmen outside his house

THIS distressing footage shows the seconds leading up to the latest gangland murder in Dublin's inner city - and the brazen gunmen leaving the scene.

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The CCTV pictures show Gareth Hutch being targeted outside his home in the capital's north inner city at 10am yesterday morning.

The nephew of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch was shot dead when two gunmen approached him as he walked towards his black Volkswagen Passat.

The footage shows the two murderers sneaking up behind Hutch, who was getting into his car outside his home.

This footage has been edited but the unedited footage shows the father-of-one being shot a number of times, and falling to the ground.

The two men then run from the scene.

Gardai investigating the murder of Gareth Hutch raided a house in the north inner city (Inset: Murder victim Gareth Hutch)
Gardai investigating the murder of Gareth Hutch raided a house in the north inner city (Inset: Murder victim Gareth Hutch)
Gareth Hutch

Mr Hutch was killed as he was preparing to appeal to Dublin City Council housing officers to move him from the Avondale House flats complex because he was in fear for his life and looked after his son four days a week.

He was also concerned that the flat he was living in was an easy target as a balcony could be accessed from the ground and he claimed CCTV did not cover that part of the complex.

The latest murder - and the openness of it, just 300 metres from a garda checkpoint, and in broad daylight - has sparked calls for a state crackdown on underworld gangsters similar to that launched when journalist Veronica Guerin was shot dead in 1996.

Read more: Gardaí probing link between former senior officer and Kinahan cartel

But Taoiseach Enda Kenny, under opposition pressure to ramp up the response to the bloodshed, said yesterday he was assured that gardai had all the resources they needed.

"This is a dispute between two families," he said. "It is a vicious, murderous dispute and I don't think that I can stop that."

He later clarified he was talking about "myself as a citizen" and vowed the government would not lie down under the threat.

Gardaí were last night on high alert that a close associate of murdered Gareth Hutch was armed, dangerous and seeking revenge.

Above, gardaí at the scene of the murder of Gareth Hutch Picture: Collins Dublin
Above, gardaí at the scene of the murder of Gareth Hutch Picture: Collins Dublin

An alert was issued to all garda districts that the man was "seeking out" the killers who shot Hutch (35).

A source warned: "He is armed with a gun, hunting them down."

One man handed himself in to gardaí at Mountjoy Garda Station in fear of his life. Another man was still on the run last night.

But tensions in the capital remained on a knife edge amid fears that the murderous Kinahan-Hutch feud was about to explode into even more bloodshed.

One of the suspects lives "just around the corner" in the same area of the north inner city where four feud murders have happened in just over three months.

Above, gardaí raiding a home near the scene of the murder Picture: INM
Above, gardaí raiding a home near the scene of the murder Picture: INM
The burnt-out Skoda Octavia is removed by Gardai at Dubber Cottages near Finglas.

Gardaí launched a number of raids in the area in the hours after yesterday's lethal shooting.

Gareth Hutch's uncle, Eddie Hutch, and cousin, Gary Hutch, have already been killed in the feud.

The murder was carried out by the Kinahan drug cartel and is the fourth within a square mile in the north inner city in 100 days.

It's believed that the gunmen were lying in wait for Hutch at the flat complex and approached him from behind.

Read more: Paul Williams: This unequal gang war was always going to lead to a bloodbath

The killers then proceeded to fire a number of shots from what were described as handguns. Gardaí say two firearms have since been recovered.

The two gunmen jumped into a black BMW 5 series car. The bungling assassins then attempted to start the car twice, but eventually had to flee the area on foot, leaving the vehicle behind. The two men, one wearing a grey hoodie and the other a red tracksuit top, then fled in the direction of Seán McDermott Street.

The murder victim's cousin Ross Hutch (24) reportedly arrived at the scene moments after the killers had struck.

But at that stage the two killers had dropped their handguns and fled the scene.

A second car that the killers used to escape, a Skoda Octavia, was later found by gardaí, burned out at Dubber Lane in Finglas.

Gareth Hutch, a father of one, had warned that he was in fear of his life less than 24 hours before his assassination.

Shocked city councillor Nial Ring recounted his meeting with the victim on Monday regarding his wish to move to a more secure flat within the Avondale House council flats complex.

"He was on the first floor where there was access to a balcony from the side, which wasn't covered by CCTV. He felt this was putting him in more danger," he said.

"He was obviously a very dedicated and very devoted father as his concern was for the little guy."

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Mr Ring said both he and councillor Christy Burke were now offering to be mediators to try to bring the violence to an end.

Gareth Hutch was originally from Drumalee Avenue in Dublin's north inner city and was previously cleared of attempted robbery charges.

The charges related to an incident when criminal Gareth Molloy (27) was shot dead by a member of the Garda Emergency Response Unit (ERU) during a raid by a gang on a security van delivering cash to a supermarket in Lucan in May, 2009.

The murder victim's cousin, Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch, was convicted in relation to this crime.

After being extradited from Holland to face the charges in September, 2014, Hutch then spent almost 15 months in Cloverhill Prison, before being cleared of the charges last December.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have seen the two gunmen leaving the car park to contact them.

They are also appealing for anyone who witnessed the black BMW 5 series, with a 02-D-39051 registration plate.

The car and another vehicle have been seized by gardaí.

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