Man dies after being shot in chest
A man has been shot dead near the Luas line in Dublin this morning.
The victim, who is 27 years old and was known to gardai, is originally from the St Teresa's Gardens area of the south inner city.
He was walking in a green area close to the Grand Canal at Davitt Road in Inchicore when he was hit.
The gunman ran up to the victim and shot him in the chest at approximately 10.30am.
Emergency personnel arrived to the scene shortly afterwards and worked on the victim, but he died at the scene.
The killer is believed to have been collected by an accomplice in a car, which was later found burnt out in Rialto.
Gardai said the victim was not a major player on the crime scene but was known to local officers.
Detectives believe morning commuters may have seen the killers,
Investigators have appealed to anyone who was in the area or travelling through it on the tram between 10am and 11am this morning to get in contact with them.
Luas stops at Fatima and Suir Road were both close to the scenes of the killing and the burnt-out car.
The state pathologist has been asked to attend while Garda forensic experts are carrying out examinations at the scenes.
Gardaí have been given a description of a person observed close to the scene. He is described as 5’10’’ to 6’ wearing a sky blue hoodie with white shoulders. If you saw anyone matching this description in the area contact the Gardaí.
An incident room has been set up at Kilmainham garda station and officers have appealed to witnesses to contact them there or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan said early indications suggested a firearm had been found in the burnt-out car.
"We will put all the resources that are necessary into bringing this matter to a successful conclusion," he said.
The Garda chief said it was early days in the murder investigation but he was sure his force would get to the bottom of it.
Justice Minister Alan Shatter said it was entirely unacceptable for anyone's life to be taken.
"I know the Gardai are doing a very important job targeting individuals engaged in this activity and I hope those responsible are brought to justice," he added.
The victim was originally from St Theresa's Gardens, near the Coombe in Dublin's south inner city, but had a recent address at the nearby The Maltings apartment complex.
Detectives believed the man was a small-time drug dealer and are investigating if his murder was drugs-related.