Sunday 25 September 2016

Criminal killed in gangland style shooting in Dublin named

* Victim targeted by lone gunman as he walked on Bridgefoot Street
* Man rushed to hospital after he was shot in the head and chest multiple times
* Gardaí investigating if shooting is connected to the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud

Robin Schiller, Cathal McMahon, Ken Foy and Paul Williams

Published 01/07/2016 | 16:29

A man has died after being shot in Dublin this evening.

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The victim has been named locally as convicted drug dealer David 'Daithí' Douglas from Cabra.

The incident happened on Bridgefoot street, in Dublin's South Inner city shortly after 4pm.

It is understood that Douglas (53) was at the entrance to the Shoestown shop which is owned by his wife Yumei when he was approached by a lone male gunman and shot in the head and chest.

Victim: David Douglas
Victim: David Douglas

A silver Mercedes, registration number 161D26702, believed to be the getaway vehicle, was found on fire in the Liberties area a short time later.

A gun has been recovered at the scene.

Burned out car near the scene of Dublin shooting
Burned out car near the scene of Dublin shooting
The scene of a gun attack on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin this evening... Picture, Collins Dublin.

Paramedics were on the scene shortly afterwards working on the injured man.

He was rushed to St James's Hospital where he died from his injuries this evening.

Victim

Douglas was living in Cabra and was the target of another assassination attempt last year. He has convictions for drug dealing.

The victim has links to a number of criminal factions including the Hutch crime gang. Gardai are investigating if this latest shooting is linked to the ongoing feud between the Hutch and Kinahan rival gangs.

Seven people have already been killed in the bloody gang war.

01/07/16 The scene of a gun attack on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin this evening... Picture, Collins Dublin.
01/07/16 The scene of a gun attack on Bridgefoot Street, Dublin this evening... Picture, Collins Dublin.
Burnt out car near the scene of shooting. Picture: Robin Schiller

Gardai are also investigating his involvement in drug dealing. It is understood that he owed a debt to a major criminal gang.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information.

They are particularly appealing to taxi drivers or other motorists who may have camera recording equipment mounted on the dash board or elsewhere on their vehicle and who were in vicinity of Bridgefoot Street, Thomas Street, James’ Street, Spitalfields, Carman’s Hall and surrounding areas of Dublin 8 between 3.15pm and 4.30pm this afternoon to view any recorded footage they may have.

The entire road alongside the Oliver Bond flat complex has now been sealed off by gardai in a bid to preserve the scene. 

Locals reported hearing up to six shots. They expressed shock at the shooting which occurred next door to a homework club.

A local woman said children would have been in the vicinity at the time of the shooting.

Children's toys, kiddie bicycles, women's handbags, and schoolbags were on display in the shop window.

A local man said "I heard a shot but I thought it was just banging from a local building site. But then I heard a lot of screeching of car brakes. There was a lot of traffic on the hill outside the shop when it happened.

"There's women and kids in and out of that shop every day."

The man said he had no sympathy for anyone who had been involved in drugs.

People reportedly heard up to six shots.

Another man who said he knew the victim remarked "He was a nice fellow. He'd always say hello to you."

A 38-year-old man standing at the garda cordon said he has family members living near the shooting scene.

"When I was young, if anyone had a dispute they'd sort it out with a fist fight but now it's solved with the barrel of a gun. These people think that drug dealing and organised crime is the way to live," he said.

"I was told he took four bullets in the head. A girl I spoke to told me she heard four shots," he said.

Gardaí

Superintendent Patrick McMenamin, of Kevin Street confirmed that it is now a murder investigation.

"A 53 year old male who was standing at the door of a premises on Bridgefoot Street and was shot a number of times," he said.

"He was rushed to St James Hospital where he was later pronounced dead," he added.

A Mercedes 161 is believed to have been used.

The vehicle was stolen on June 23 from the Navan Road area.

Gardai say that two people were involved in the shooting.

One man was the shooter, with the other a getaway driver.

A handgun was discovered at the scene of the crime, however, gardai could not confirm it was used.

Gardai say it is too early to speculate whether the man's murder was in relation to the Kinahan-Hutch feud and are appealing for witnesses.

The victim 'a family man' had a teenage daughter.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Kevin St Garda Station on 01-6669400, or Garda confidential line 1800-666-111.

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