Thursday 27 April 2017

'I heard a woman scream' - says witness as gardaí hunt for gun

The scene on the North Circular road where man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture; Gerry Mooney.
The scene on the North Circular road where man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture; Gerry Mooney.
The property in which Gary O'Brien was found dead
Forensic officers examine the scene of the shooting on the North Circular Road in Dublin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Ken Foy and Cathal McMahon

Gardaí investigating a fatal shooting of a 50-year-old man in Dublin have still not recovered the firearm which was used.

Finglas man Gary O’Brien was found dead in a basement flat of a property in the capital’s North Circular Road around 8.30pm on Sunday.

Officers originally suspected that the gunshot wound he suffered to his head had been self-inflicted.

But gardaí have so far been unable to locate the gun.

Three people – including a woman who was covered in bloodstained clothing – were helping gardaí with their enquiries.

Last night, gardaí stressed none of the trio had been arrested. Mr O’Brien was known to gardaí for minor offences but was not considered a criminal.

Sources say gardaí also found evidence of drug taking in the property where the fatal shooting happened.

The woman who was seen leaving the property on Sunday night had “a lot of blood” on one side of her body and was heard mumbling “he is dead”, according to eye-witnesses.

The property in which Gary O'Brien was found dead
The property in which Gary O'Brien was found dead

The mysterious case is being investigated by officers from Bridewell garda station.

A post-mortem on Mr O’Brien’s remains took place at Dublin City Mortuary yesterday.

Two scenes were sealed off on the busy road, five doors apart, as an investigation into the death was launched.

One of the houses is currently gutted and undergoing renovation. Neighbours said the building, which was surrounded by wooden hoardings, was vacant.

Locals said a large number of gardaí arrived at the scene at around 8.30pm on Sunday along with ambulances and fire brigades, and searched bins and gardens between the two properties as if in search of a weapon.

One man described Mr O’Brien as a “gentleman”. He was known to have difficulty walking and regularly used a wheelchair.

“I did hear a woman screaming in a basement flat last night but I don’t know what it was about,” he said.

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