Hunt for six-man murder gang after brutal killing of dad-of-two
• Victim run over after being beaten and stabbed • Detectives seize car used as murder weapon • Deceased named as dad-of-two Neil Reilly • 'Five to six people' involved in assault • Justice Minister 'deplores' killing
Detectives are following a definite line of inquiry into the gangland killing of a father of two and have seized the car they believe was used as a murder weapon.
Neil Reilly (36) was violently stabbed and assaulted before being driven over by a car in a suburban housing estate in Lucan, Co Dublin.
Mr Reilly was stabbed in the arm, beaten by a five-man gang and then driven over near the Glebe in the early hours of yesterday morning.
It is the fourth killing in the Justice Minister's local district since November.
Detectives are treating the murder as a gangland attack which was a result of a major disagreement between two local crime groups.
Gardaí believe that the father of two was involved in an earlier incident when shots were fired at a house in Liscarne Gardens, Clondalkin, at around 4am.
Mr Reilly fled the area in a car but was followed by another car.
A chase ensued before Mr Reilly's silver Mazda was rammed in the Lucan area.
He was then subjected to a violent assault during which he was beaten and stabbed several times.
His attackers then drove a car over Mr Reilly as he lay seriously injured on the ground.
Emergency services were called to the scene and the victim was rushed to Connolly Memorial Hospital, but he was pronounced dead at 5.30am.
Gardaí believe that some of the gang fled in a jeep while two others left the area on foot.
Two vehicles have since been recovered and will be examined by Garda forensic officers.
Mr Reilly's Mazda car was also found at the scene and officers believe that he was killed after jumping out of the vehicle after it crashed into a lamppost.
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Two crime scenes were also preserved and were technically examined yesterday.
No arrests have yet been made in relation to the murder, but investigating detectives are following a definite line of inquiry.
Officers are still attempting to establish the motive behind the initial gun attack which led to the fatal assault of Mr Reilly.
Senior gardaí, including Assistant Garda Commissioner Jack Nolan, attended the scene yesterday morning.
Superintendent Dermot Mann, from Lucan garda station, said that "five to six people" were involved in the fatal assault.
"A number of shots were fired at a house in Liscarne Gardens, nobody was injured in that incident," he said.
"Very soon after that, gardaí were asked to respond to a call to the scene [Esker Glebe] where a number of cars had crashed into a car here.
"We are not sure how many cars or people were involved.
"But after the crash there was a serious altercation on the street involving five to six people or maybe more."
Gardaí believe that a number of people living in the immediate area would have witnessed the fatal assault, and are appealing for these people to contact them.
Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald last night stated that she "deplores" the violent killing in her constituency, which is the fourth since November in the Ronanstown/Lucan Garda district.
A convicted drug dealer, Mr Reilly previously survived an assassination attempt against him in 2009.
He was targeted at his home in Wheatfield Close, Clondalkin but avoided serious injury.