Friday 20 October 2017

Man shot dead in Dublin gangland style attack

Independent.ie reporters

A man in his forties has died after he was shot in an attack in Dublin last night – the fourth fatal shooting in the city so far this year. The incident happened at an apartment at the Green, Larch Hill, Oscar Traynor Road, Santry, Dublin.

A Garda spokesman said the shooting occurred at about 10.30pm. Local officers arrived on the scene in response to reports of shots being fired and found the victim in an apartment. He died at the scene.



There were reports of a number of men running from the scene shortly after the gunfire was heard.



The victim’s body remained at the apartment overnight. Garda forensic teams sealed off the area and a technical examination was taking place today. They have appealed for witnesses to the shooting.



Local residents reported a party had been going on last night in the apartment block were the shooting took place.

Scenes of crime officers have begun a detailed search of the building.

David Stone, who lives behind the block where the man was shot, said there had been a party in the building before Garda patrol cars and an ambulance sped in to the complex.

"A few things happen around here like cars being stolen," he said.

"I'm just surprised it didn't happen sooner."

He said the night security man at the front gate of the development was often harassed by people getting in.

"He's been pulled out of that security office a few times, he's been harassed when he's sitting in his box," he added.

"There a lot of rented places here."

However, homeowner Sinead Slevin said there is very little trouble in the 321 apartment complex.

"It's a bit of a shock, I don't think anything prepares you to see so much (police) tape here," she added.

"There's a bit of random trouble, like parties. It's not the thing to expect to happen."

Four people have died in fatal shootings in Dublin since the start of May.

Earlier this month Liam Kenny, a 53-year-old father-of-four with links to the Continuity IRA, was shot dead at his home in Clondalkin, west Dublin after clashing with local drug dealers.

A few days before that Michael Taylor, 53, from Summerhill in Dublin's north inner city was shot at Hand's caravan park in Donabate in a killing linked to a long-running gangland feud.

In another gun attack, 20-year-old Dean Johnson was shot several times and died as he sat in the back of a car in Clondalkin on May 26.

And 19-year-old Paul McCarthy died after suffering a gunshot wound to the head at a house on Inchicore, west Dublin, also in May.

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