'I couldn't sleep after what happened... I’m very upset' - Local's shock after discovering murder victim outside home
A local man has spoken of his shock after he witnessed the aftermath of the attack on murder victim Neil Reilly.
One man, who did not wish to be identified, said he was very upset to see the victim moaning loudly as he lay on the ground near his home shortly after 4am.
Gardai are seeking a gang who chased Noel Reilly (36) from the scene of a shooting in Ronanstown, cornering him in Lucan outside the Glebe housing estate at Esker, Lucan.
Mr Reilly was violently stabbed and assaulted before being driven over by a car in a suburban housing estate in Lucan, Co Dublin.
He was stabbed in the arm, beaten by a five-man gang and then driven over near the Glebe in the early hours of yesterday morning.
It is the fourth killing in the Justice Minister's local district since November.
Detectives are treating the murder as a gangland attack which was a result of a major disagreement between two local crime groups.
“I woke up around 4am and heard voices outside. I looked out the window and saw a man lying on a grass verge,” a resident told Independent.ie.
“Whatever had happened was over and I went outside and four or five people had arrived and were standing around the man.
“We were looking at the man who was very seriously injured.
“He was moaning very loudly and he had an injury to his head which was very bad. He had a big open wound on his back.
“Then the first gardai arrived and an ambulance came and they tried to help him.
“I can still remember the man on the ground turning and moaning. It was horrible.
“I could not sleep after what happened and I don’t know if I’ll be able to sleep tonight. I’m very upset.
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“This was supposed to be a very safe area but this is a bit scary,” he added.
Another local resident said: “A lot of my friends telephoned me when they heard what happened.
“You read about these things in the newspapers but it’s terrible to think that a man has been killed almost on my own doorstep.”
A woman in her 50s said: “It’s hard to believe. I find it really upsetting, very, very upsetting.
“I came out of my house and saw all the blue lights flashing. It’s awful.”
Another woman, aged 33, said she got up for work at 5am and saw a large number of gardai outside the house on the road.
“I saw a damaged car in the middle of the road. The gardai had torches and were searching the area,” she said.
“It’s hard to believe, but a man was shot dead not far from here only a month ago.”
Residents who filtered out of their homes as news of the murder broke met with grisly scenes.
Early in the morning, Reilly’s mother and one of his sons walked the short distance from their home in St Finian’s Close to the scene at Esker Glebe.
After talking to gardai and taking in the scene with disbelief they left, holding each other for support.
Gardaí believe that the father of two was involved in an earlier incident when shots were fired at a house in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin, at around 4am.
Mr Reilly fled the area in a car but was followed by another car.
A chase ensued before Mr Reilly's silver Mazda was rammed in the Lucan area.
He was then subjected to a violent assault during which he was beaten and stabbed several times.
His attackers then drove a car over Mr Reilly as he lay seriously injured on the ground.
Emergency services were called to the scene and the victim was rushed to Connolly Memorial Hospital, but he was pronounced dead at 5.30am.
Gardaí believe that some of the gang fled in a jeep while two others left the area on foot.
Two vehicles have since been recovered and will be examined by Garda forensic officers.
Mr Reilly's Mazda car was also found at the scene and officers believe that he was killed after jumping out of the vehicle after it crashed into a lamppost.
Two crime scenes were also preserved and were technically examined yesterday.
No arrests have yet been made in relation to the murder, but investigating detectives are following a definite line of inquiry.
Officers are still attempting to establish the motive behind the initial gun attack which led to the fatal assault of Mr Reilly.
Senior gardaí, including Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan, attended the scene yesterday morning.
Superintendent Dermot Mann, from Lucan garda station, said that "five to six people" were involved in the fatal assault.
"A number of shots were fired at a house in Liscarne Gardens, nobody was injured in that incident," he said.
"Very soon after that, gardaí were asked to respond to a call to the scene [Esker Glebe] where a number of cars had crashed into a car here.
"We are not sure how many cars or people were involved.
"But after the crash there was a serious altercation on the street involving five to six people or maybe more."
Gardaí believe that a number of people living in the immediate area would have witnessed the fatal assault, and are appealing for these people to contact them.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald last night stated that she "deplores" the violent killing in her constituency, which is the fourth since November in the Ronanstown/Lucan Garda district.
A convicted drug dealer, Mr Reilly previously survived an assassination attempt against him in 2009.
He was targeted at his home in Wheatfield Close, Clondalkin but avoided serious injury.