'I was standing there looking at it. I couldn't believe it. He was hit in the head and chest'
Stunned onlookers told how two gunmen approached their victim in a busy street before blasting him at close range.
Gareth Hutch was shot outside Avondale House Flats in North Cumberland Street, Dublin.
It is yards away from a large social welfare office and Mountjoy Square is around the corner.
A shocked 29-year-old local man said: "It was terrible... I felt his pulse but he was dead.
"A few of us were standing across the road when it happened. It was Gar Hutch. He had been getting in to a car when he was shot by two men. The two men ran up. One had a mask and one had a red scarf. I heard about three shots. They were using a silencer.
"I was standing there looking at it. I couldn't believe it. He was hit in the head and in the chest.
"I went over to him but he was dead. Gone.
"Another fellow went to check his pulse but he was gone. It was horrible."
He added: "I know the family. I'm friends with some of the family. I never saw anything like it in my life. Someone's life taken like that.
"It's wrong - but I have a feeling there's going to be more."
Another witness said: "The driver panicked.
"He was the shooter. He couldn't start the BMW. It started up twice but then it cut out."