Murder investigation launched after shooting in South Dublin
Published 28/05/2015 | 07:31
THE MAN who died following a shooting in Tallaght last night has been named locally as Alan O'Neill (35).
He was treated for serious injuries at the scene by Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics and was later pronounced dead at Tallaght hospital.
The incident happened in the Kiltalown area of the west Dublin suburb.
It is understood that the Mr O’Neill was shot in his hallway at about 10.30pm by the killers who may have been waiting for him.
He was shot three times in the brutal assassination with people living nearby saying they heard four gunshots.
“The sound of the gunfire was unreal, they were four of the loudest bangs you ever heard in your life,” one neighbour said.
Dublin Fire Brigade and Gardai responded to the scene where Mr O’Neill was found seriously injured but conscious.
He was transported to Tallaght hospital where his conditioned worsened and he was later pronounced dead.
Sources say the brutal killing may be linked to a dispute that he had with criminals in the Tallaght area.
Bullet holes were left in both the door frame of the house and a kitchen press further inside his home on the Kiltalown Road.
Me O’Neill shared the house with his partner who was said to be in deep shock this morning.
Two men, aged 28 and 18, were arrested in connection with the incident nearby.
The two men fled the scene in a Mazda people carrier which was found burning at Belfry Square in the nearby Citywest area.
Gardai arrested the men at the scene of the burning car which was badly damaged.
Sources have revealed that the duo who have addresses in Clondalkin and Tallaght and both are known to gardai.
They were arrested when a passing patrol car spotted the suspected culprits fleeing from the scene.
The handgun used in the murder has not yet been recovered.
The suspects are still being questioned and Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to contact Tallaght Garda Station.
This morning neighbours paid tribute to the young man who was a keen bodybuilder.
"He's been living here for years. He seemed to be a terribly, terribly nice fella, a gentleman," one neighbour said.
"Everyone liked him."
Another local woman said that the community was a very close knit neighbourhood.
"It's awful. It's way too close to home for comfort," she said.
Two little girls who lived near by and witnessed the vehicle being set alight are said to be traumatised by the incident.
The scenes of the shooting and a car found burning in nearby Citywest have been preserved for technical examination.
A post mortem will be carried out later today.
Gardai in Tallaght are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them in Tallaght on 01 6666000.