Tuesday 21 November 2017

Locals heard shots in quick succession as dad-of-two (36) killed in gun attack

The scene of the Fatal shooting of Darragh Nugent on Wheatfield Ave, Neilstown Photo: Kyran O'Brien
The scene of the Fatal shooting of Darragh Nugent on Wheatfield Ave, Neilstown Photo: Kyran O'Brien
The scene of Monday night's shooting and (inset) victim Darragh Nugent
The remains of shooting victim Darragh Nugent is removed from the scene at Wheatfield Ave Neilstown Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Scene of the fatal shooting of a male in his 30s on Wheatfield Ave Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Darragh Nugent.
Scene of the fatal shooting of a male in his 30s on Wheatfield Ave Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Scene of the fatal shooting of a male in his 30s on Wheatfield Ave Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Gardai investigate the shooting of a man at Wheatfield Avenue in Neilstown, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

Cathal McMahon, Robin Schiller, Alison Bray and Conor Feehan

A man has died after he was shot multiple times in West Dublin on Monday night.

Gardaí are investigating this incident which took place on Wheatfield Avenue in Neilstown shortly after 9.30pm.

The victim was named locally as 36-year-old Darragh Nugent.

The Herald is reporting that Nugent was a close associate of gangster James 'Nellie' Walsh.

Gardai investigate the shooting of a man at Wheatfield Avenue in Neilstown, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron
Gardai investigate the shooting of a man at Wheatfield Avenue in Neilstown, Dublin. Picture: Arthur Carron

The victim, who is known to gardaí and was on bail for gun offences, was shot up to five times in the gangland style attack.

Dublin Fire Brigade paramedics attended the scene and an eye-witness said emergency workers administered CPR to the victim.

Supt Dermot Mann Lucan Garda Station at the scene at Wheatfield Ave Neilstown Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Supt Dermot Mann Lucan Garda Station at the scene at Wheatfield Ave Neilstown Photo: Kyran O'Brien

It is understood that the victim, who lived in the area, was shot a number of times.

Gardaí do not, at this stage, believe it is related to the ongoing Kinahan and Hutch feud that has already claimed the lives of 12 people. It is believed that the shooting may be linked to a local dispute.

Independent.ie has learned that the victim was known to gardaí and was previously arrested after a gun and ammunition was discovered in a discarded bag last February.

He was on bail at the time of Monday night's attack.

Locals reported hearing a number of shots in quick succession.

"I heard the bangs. I knew straight away what it was, and then I came out and saw the man on the road," one neighbour told Independent.ie.

"It's absolutely awful, he had two kids," they added.

"All I head was five shots, one after the other. Bang, bang, bang, bang, bang. Five of them. I heard a car driving away really quickly," said a local woman.

"Then I shouted at my partner to ring the guards, and they were here in seconds. It's awful. I looked out and saw him there, just lying in the middle of the road," she added.

This morning Mr Nugent's body remained at the scene covered by a garda forensic tent.

A spent bullet casing could be seen on the road, and plastic sheeting covered other evidence.

In a statement gardaí confirmed they were investigating the attack: "Gardaí and emergency services are at the scene of a shooting incident at Wheatfield Avenue, Clondalkin in Dublin.

"The incident was reported to Gardaí at 9.40pm on Monday 11th September 2017."

The Garda Air Support Unit and forensic investigators been called in.

Local TD Gino Kenny (PBP) said he passed by the incident and saw a lot of activity but didn't realise what had happened until he returned home.

"It is obviously shocking that there is another shooting in Dublin and in the Clondalkin area especially," he said.

"Any violence like that needs to be condemned."

Mr Kenny said the estate where it happened is private and would have a large number of rented houses.

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