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Friday 26 May 2017

'I was standing there looking at it. I couldn't believe it. He was hit in the head and chest'

The BMW that cut out is removed from the scene yesterday Picture: INM
The BMW that cut out is removed from the scene yesterday Picture: INM

Alan O'Keeffe

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.

Gareth Hutch
Gareth Hutch
Above, gardaí at the scene of the murder of Gareth Hutch Picture: Collins Dublin
Armed gardai at the scene of a raid on a house only hours after Gareth Hutch was shot dead
Gardai investigating the murder of Gareth Hutch raided a house in the north inner city (Inset: Murder victim Gareth Hutch)

"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."

Irish Independent

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