Three arrested over murder of Traveller
Published 11/02/2011 | 05:00
Three men were arrested by gardai last night after a Traveller was shot dead.
The murder is believed to be linked to a feud between two groups in the Cork area.
The victim was named last night as Patrick "Pakie" Hogan, who was in his late 30s and from Carrigaline, Co Cork..
He had been shot at least three times in the chest with a rifle when he stopped his van after a car blocked the road.
Mr Hogan, a settled Traveller who was originally from Blarney and had a small yard there, was driving along the Glen Road, which links Waterloo, Blarney, to Grenagh village.
Gardai said the victim halted the van near Waterloo to avoid driving into a car, which had stopped in front of him.
As he sat in the van, a man emerged from the side of the road, ran alongside the vehicle and opened fire with a rifle.
The victim was hit by at least three bullets before he attempted to step out of the van or was pulled out by his attackers.
The killers then left him lying on the roadside as they drove off in the van and the getaway car.
Gardai later recovered a car, which had been abandoned near St Mary's cemetery at Garrycloyne, a short distance from where the shooting took place.
The scene of the murder was immediately sealed off for a detailed forensic examination.
Deputy State Pathologist, Dr Michael Curtis, will carry out a post-mortem exam on the body.