GANGLAND'S latest gun victim Greg Lynch remains in a coma with a bullet lodged behind one of his eyes.
Gardai investigating the attempt to murder the convicted heroin dealer at the weekend said last night they were widening their inquiries as they probed the victim's background.
Lynch (28) was hit in the head by two bullets, one of which shattered his jaw, as he stood outside Hanlon's pub at the corner of North Circular Road and Old Cabra Road in Dublin in the early hours of Sunday.
Officers say their investigation continues to focus on the ongoing row between Lynch, pictured right, and his associates and a gang led by one of Ireland's top criminals, who is currently in custody.
The crime boss has control of most of the drug supply routes on the northside of the capital and his associates have taken action in the past against anybody who tries to take a slice of their profits, including former Real IRA leader Alan Ryan, shot dead 13 months ago.
He is already suspected by gardai of being behind a previous attempt to murder Lynch near the drug dealer's home in the south inner city.
Although Lynch is regarded as a smaller player in gangland than the crime boss, he is said to have powerful connections with the international drug trafficking network, led by Dubliner Christy Kinihan and based in southern Spain.
A car found burnt out later on Sunday near a supermarket in Walkinstown in the south city is being linked by gardai to the shooting.
Gardai think the BMW was used by the gunman and his accomplice in their getaway after the shooting, which also left three innocent women injured.
Lynch was jailed for eight years, with two years suspended, in 2004, when he was only 19.
The sentence was imposed after officers from the Garda National Drugs Unit caught him handing over a bag containing heroin with a street value of €400,000 to another man near the Luas line at the Red Cow, in south county Dublin, in 2003.
Officers have dismissed any connections between the shooting and the seizure of a €650,000 haul of heroin in two raids in Rathcoole and Crumlin earlier this month.
This haul is thought to have been organised by former associates of Brian Rattigan, the jailed leader of one of the groups involved in the deadly Crumlin-Drimnagh feud.