AMID the festivities of a 21st birthday party down at the local pub, a group of people stood outside at the side door, smoking and chatting.
It was shortly after 2am and an enjoyable night was drawing to a close.
Among the group stood a man chatting to other partygoers, including three young women.
All were oblivious to the car that had pulled in quietly across the road, just metres away.
The driver had his window down and an unsuspecting group of local men out on the street strode over and started to talk to him. They chatted casually to him about "anything and everything" – from soccer to the weather.
Afterwards, they recalled how calm he had been throughout this encounter.
But as the men chatted, a masked gunman strode purposefully towards the group.
There were terrified screams as muffled shots were fired into the face of the man – who it later emerged was convicted drug dealer Greg Lynch (28).
This was the intended assassination of a criminal target – but the gunman did not stop shooting there.
Chaos descended as he began to fire "indiscriminately" into the crowd, injuring three innocent young women, aged 19, 28 and 33, who were all shot in the legs. Two remain in hospital for treatment.
Sinead Carey (28), from the Coombe area of Dublin city, was hit in the upper thigh and received the worst injuries.
The men who been chatting to the driver of the getaway car dived to the ground as the shots were fired. Then, running towards the getaway car, the gunman jumped in and they made their escape down Prussia Street.
One of the men who had spoken with the driver has since given detailed statements to the gardai and revealed that he made the 999 call.
"You should have seen his head, the bullet seemed to go right through," he said of the injured man.
Gardai confirmed the injured women had been guests at the same 21st party as Lynch.
As locals gathered at the scene yesterday morning, an air of shock had descended.
Few wanted to discuss the incident. Most whispered as they pointed at the blood stain on the ground, surrounded by glass and debris.
Two young children, no more than nine years old, circled the perimeter of the cordoned-off crime scene on their bicycles.
One could be overheard saying to his pal: "It's just like 'Love/Hate', isn't it? Bet you it was Nidge who shot him."