Murder probe as man shot on side of road
A murder investigation was under way early today after a man was shot dead on the side of the road in north Dublin last night.
The shooting bore all the hallmarks of a gangland hit.
But Gardai were initially unable to identify the victim.
Officers said the man was shot at least once in the head.
His body was discovered at Station Road in Portmarnock around 10.20pm.
A preliminary examination of the scene indicated that the man had been shot on the spot as a bullet shell was recovered close by.
Gardai were trying to establish if the shooting was linked to one of a number of gang feuds that had erupted in the past on the northside of the city.
"At this stage several lines of inquiry are being pursued and the investigation will remain wide open at least until we can positively identify the victim," one officer said. The area was immediately sealed off, pending the arrival later this morning of technical bureau staff.
A doctor arrived at the scene shortly after the shooting and the victim was pronounced dead.
A post mortem examination is expected to be carried out on the body of the victim by a State pathologist later today.
As the investigation got under way, an incident room was set up early this morning at Swords garda station.
Officers appealed to anybody with information about the shooting or who might have seen people acting suspiciously in the area between 9pm and 11pm to contact them at Swords (phone 01 6664700) or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.
Gardai from the Dublin north division are being backed up by detectives from the national bureau of criminal investigation in the hunt for the killer.
Irish Rail warned commuters early today that access to Portmarnock Station would be restricted.