Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Zombie' escapes shooting days before Halloween

Alan O'Keeffe

Published 29/10/2016 | 02:30

Gardaí are probing whether it was linked to an INLA feud over missing cash (stock photo)
Gardaí are probing whether it was linked to an INLA feud over missing cash (stock photo)

Dublin criminal Tommy 'The Zombie' Savage narrowly escaped an attempt on his life after two men opened fire at him last night.

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The shooting occurred days before Halloween - a time of year Savage previously said he feared he would be killed.

The 66-year-old former INLA gangster, who is believed to have imported large quantities of drugs into Ireland, was shot at several times in Swords last night as he was pulling into a driveway.

Savage got out of the car and ran away. Up to two gunmen fled the scene and a black Audi, believed to have been used in the shooting, was found burned out in a lane nearby.

Gardaí are probing whether it was linked to an INLA feud over missing cash.

Sources said the shooting could be the latest development in a row in the so-called 'New INLA' faction over extortion cash.

Some of Maguire's associates are suspected of being involved in the murder of gangland victim Gareth Hutch, but it is not clear if the shooting is linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

Last night, the scene of the shooting remained sealed off for forensic investigations.

The bullet-damaged car of the intended victim remained abandoned on the roadway on Rathbeale Crescent in Swords.

A local woman said she thought the shots were Halloween fireworks.

"I heard the bangs. There were a few clips. I thought it was just fireworks," she said.

Savage is believed to be a key associate of George 'The Penguin' Mitchell. He has convictions for armed robbery, theft and violence.

He was jailed in Greece in 2006 for smuggling €50m of cannabis.

Irish Independent

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