Killer didn't wait to see innocent victim before he shot him dead
INNOCENT gangland victim Eddie Nugent was shot twice in the chest and once in the head by a reckless gunman who didn’t check the identity of his victim before opening fire, gardaí believe.
A manhunt is underway for the killer who shot the retired truck driver through the porch of his Dublin home around 9.30pm on Sunday night.
It is believed that the 64-year-old, who lived on Harty Avenue in Walkinstown, was the victim of mistaken identity.
His devastated family said yesterday that he was “a very ill man” who wouldn’t have been able to defend himself.
“He had suffered heart attacks and strokes and had just been in bed for 11 days with the vomiting bug and the flu,” said Mr Nugent’s son Kieran. “If you hit him he wouldn’t even be able to defend himself, let alone shoot him,” he added.
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“Dad was never involved in any crime. Whoever did this got the wrong man. They are scumbags with no value for life. They shot an innocent man,” Kieran said.
Edward’s other son Thomas was in the house at the time of the killing, along with his partner. Edward’s wife Ann was out at the time.
“We are all in shock. We are numb. We are lost for words,” said Kieran.
Gardaí suspect that the gunman moved so quickly that he did not wait to see his victim in the dark before firing four rounds through a porch window.
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The killer ran to a waiting getaway car which was later found burnt out on nearby John McCormack Avenue.
Mr Nugent was treated at the scene by paramedics before being rushed to St James Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
The bullet holes were clearly visible yesterday as detectives conducted house to house inquiries.
Security sources say they believe the actual target is a young male drug dealer who lives in the Walkinstown area.
Gardaí were investigating whether there was a connection between the murder plot and an incident two weeks ago when the suspected target was involved in a row with other criminals in the Kevin Street area.
Mr Nugent was described by neighbours as a respectable family man.
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He had previously worked as a truck driver and was a director of a waste removal business but had retired on health grounds.
Gardaí have appealed for anyone who was in the Walkinstown or Crumlin areas between 9pm and 10pm who may be able to help the inquiry to contact them in confidence.
There has been a big drop in the number of shootings and gangland killings across the country in recent times.
However security sources revealed there has been a number of shooting incidents in recent months where shots were indiscriminately fired into houses in Crumlin and Drimnagh.