Sunday 25 September 2016

Gunman fled scene on foot after second murder as victim identified

Conor Feehan and Cathal McMahon

Published 26/04/2016 | 00:15

Gardai at the scene of the fatal shooting at Kilcronan Close in Clondalkin
Gardai at the scene of the fatal shooting at Kilcronan Close in Clondalkin
Gardai at the scene of the fatal shooting at Kilcronan Close in Clondalkin
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A gunman who shot dead a 37-year-old man in the hallway of his own home fled the scene on foot.

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The victim of a second gangland hit in Dublin overnight was named locally as Thomas Farnan.

It was the second fatal gun attack in the city, coming just hours after Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House.

Gardaí believe the lone gunman knocked on Mr Farnan's door on Kilcronan Close before opening fire.

The dead man, who has a number of previous convictions for minor offences, was hit up to four times in the torso.

A senior source said: "Gardai will hold a case conference this morning in Clondalkin.

"No car was used in this attack and it is believed the man ran from the scene."

The incident happened in the Kilcronan area of Clondalkin, West Dublin at around 11.45pm.

Neighbours reported hearing up to five gunshots in quick succession.

Local reports say the gunman then escaped on foot in the direction of the Grand Canal.

A massive area of Kilcronan was sealed off this morning.

Although not known as a major criminal, the man has a long list of convictions for crimes including drug possession, burglary, theft, larceny, drink- driving and possession of a knife.

It is believed at this early stage that his death is the result of a local feud or row over money or drugs, but a full investigation will be carried out by gardai to establish the motive.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A garda spokesman confirmed: "Officers are at the scene of a shooting in Kilcronan, Clondalkin."

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