Man dies after gangland-style shooting in own driveway
A MIDDLE-AGED man was shot and killed in an execution-style murder in Cork last night.
The man -- named locally as Ger Stanton (42) -- was shot as he stepped outside his house in West Lawn in Wilton on Cork's southside shortly after 8pm. Garda sources acknowledged that the incident bore all the hallmarks of a gangland killing and were likely to investigate a possible drugs link.
The killing is the seventh murder and the fourth fatal gangland shooting in Ireland in the space of just 14 days.
The man -- originally from Knocknaheeny on Cork's northside -- is believed to have been shot with a double-barrelled shotgun.
He apparently tried to stagger back to his house but collapsed from his injuries on to his driveway before he could reach his front door.
The gunman immediately fled the scene in a waiting van. Gardai were later notified of a burning van being found at Waterfall on the outskirts of the city, shortly after 9pm.
The vehicle will be forensically examined today to see if it is linked to the killing.
Gardai were at the scene in Wilton within minutes and paramedics rushed the wounded man to Cork University Hospital (CUH), which is located less than one kilometre from where the shooting occurred.
Despite frantic efforts by doctors, the man died a short time later. Distraught members of his family later visited the West Lawn house to comfort the man's partner.
The man had been living in the rented house with his partner and her two children for several months.
Gardai cordoned off the entire estate of terraced houses last night and ordered a full examination by technical, forensic and ballistic experts.
It is believed that the gunman and his getaway driver may have waited for the man in the Wilton area for at least an hour before the shooting.
The victim was caught by the shotgun blast seconds after he opened the door of his rented house and walked to collect something from his car.
The two shotgun blasts caught him in the chest and head, inflicting horrific injuries.
Detectives last night began door-to-door inquiries to determine if anyone spotted a red van in the area in the moments before and after the shooting.
Residents were left deeply shocked by the killing, which occurred in a quiet residential area. Locals described the estate as very tranquil -- and regularly spotted the man playing football with the two children in his garden.
The estate includes many young families as well as elderly residents.
Gardai are now checking CCTV security camera footage in the Wilton area to determine if the getaway can can be identified and whether cameras caught any suspicious activity in the minutes before the shooting.
Detectives are convinced the dead man's home must have been under surveillance for some time by his killers.
A full post-mortem examination will be carried out today by the State Pathologist's Office.