Wednesday 28 September 2016

Irishman gunned down in Majorca resort 'in front of family'

Tom Brady and Gerard Couzens

Published 18/08/2016 | 02:30

Emergency services attend to an Irish man who was shot dead outside a bar on a busy street on the holiday island of Majorca. Picture: Solarpix
Emergency services attend to an Irish man who was shot dead outside a bar on a busy street on the holiday island of Majorca. Picture: Solarpix
Emergency services at the scene of the shooting in Costa de la Calma. Photo: Solarpix

A man has been shot dead on the holiday resort island of Majorca in front of his family

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The victim has not yet been officially identified, is believed by gardaí to have been targeted because he had been linked to a member of the Hutch family, which has been at war with the Kinahan drug trafficking cartel since last September.

He is understood to have originally been from Crumlin, on the southside of the capital.

One officer told the Irish Independent: "We have not received confirmation yet but we believe the dead man was known to one of the Hutches.

"The shooting backs up our intelligence that the feud was going to spread overseas again after the crackdown on members of the two factions in this country", he added.

The man was gunned down outside an empty supermarket in Costa de la Calma, about 15 miles from the capital, Palma, shortly after 9pm.

He is aged around 30 and has a tattoo of an Irish shamrock on the top of his right shoulder.

Police are hunting three attackers in connection with the incident.

Desperate attempts to revive the victim at the scene failed.

Senior garda officers leading the inquiries into the spate of feud-related killings in Dublin since February were last night in contact with the Spanish police, through their liaison office in Madrid, to establish the circumstances of the shooting and the identity of the victim.

The gang war was sparked off by the murder of Gary Hutch on the Costa del Sol in Spain last September and the subsequent revenge killing of David Byrne, an associate of members of the Kinahan cartel, at a weigh-in for a boxing contest at the Regency hotel on the northside of Dublin last February.

Since then, another five gangland murders in the city are believed by gardaí to have been connected to the feud while possible links with two other murders are also being investigated.

Gardai revealed last June that they had prevented five more gangland assassinations since February while inquiries also resulted in the seizure of property worth more than €20m as well as 17 firearms.

The owner of a bar near the scene of last night's shooting, who did not want to be named, said: "I heard three shots and then saw a man with a blue hoodie pulled tight over his face run by.

"I didn't realise at first they were gunshots. I thought it was kids playing with firecrackers. But then I heard screaming and people came rushing into the bar to seek refuge."

Irish Independent

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