Teenager gunned down in gangland murder
A TEENAGER died in hospital last night after being shot in the head with a handgun.
It is the first gangland murder of the year after a dramatic drop in the number of serious shootings since November.
The victim was named last night as Paul McCarthy (19).
He had been arrested earlier this year in connection with the seizure of drugs and a Glock handgun.
Last night, detectives were trying to establish if the shooting yesterday afternoon was linked to the haul.
Gardai said McCarthy was not regarded as a major criminal in Dublin's south inner city but was known to associate with members of some of the gangs operating there and could have have fallen foul of a group of local thugs.
Gardai later recovered a handgun in the front garden of a house at Emmet Road in Inchicore. Officers believe the gun was used in the attack and the weapon was undergoing ballistic tests last night.
McCarthy, of Tyrconnell Road, Inchicore, Dublin, was shot in the head in a friend's house at Myra Close, off Emmet Road, yesterday around 2.45pm.
Neighbours alerted the emergency services and he was taken by ambulance to St James' hospital. He was pronounced dead last night at 7pm.
Gardai said that while Mr McCarthy had been known to them, he was not a prominent criminal in the area. However, he was under investigation for the seizure which was made in February, and links to that seizure were being studied as part of the murder investigation launched last night.
But they said they were pursuing a number of possible leads as they interviewed locals and carried out door-to-door inquiries in the area.
An investigation headquarters was established at Kilmainham station and gardai appealed to anyone who spotted one or more men acting suspiciously in the Myra Close area between 2pm and 3pm yesterday or had information about the shooting to contact them at any garda station or on the confidential line, 1800 666111.
Meanwhile, local residents said last night they were terrified by the brutal attack.
Shocked school children on their way home from school were visibly shaken yesterday, as neighbours sat in each other's gardens trying to make sense of the brutality.
"He was a lovely, quiet lad. He was not troublesome, I used to just see him outside kicking a football around," said one neighbour.