Sunday 19 January 2020

Man (30) shot dead in gangland attack was locksmith with 'clean record'

Antoinette Corbally-Devoy (Left) and the scene of yesterday's shooting
Antoinette Corbally-Devoy (Left) and the scene of yesterday's shooting
The scene of the shooting. Photo: Collins

Cathal McMahon and Ian Begley

A man shot dead in a double gangland murder was a company director who had no known involvement in criminality.

The victim, named locally as Clinton Shannon (30), was gunned down as he sat in a car outside a house on Balbutcher Drive in Ballymun yesterday afternoon.

Mother-of-six Antoinette Corbally-Devoy (48) was also shot and killed in the attack while Antoinette's pregnant daughter Andrea (18) and another man Brian Moran (52) suffered minor injuries in the incident.

A young baby was also treated in hospital after the infant was dropped by intended target Derek 'Bottler' Devoy - Antoinette's brother. has learned that Mr Shannon was from Swords, in North Dublin. He worked as a locksmith and ran his own business.

A source said: "He is not known to gardaí at all and has no known involvement in crime. He had a clean record.

"He may have been a friend of Derek Devoy and this might be why he was in the area."

A large garda presence remained at the Ballymun estate this morning.

A lone garda stood at the sealed off entrance to Balbutcher Drive, with many more members of the force making door-to-door enquiries.

The tragic pair were shot dead by two men armed with a handgun and a sub-machine gun who opened fire outside a house in the estate yesterday afternoon.

The intended target of the shooting was Derek 'Bottler' Devoy (37), managed to escape the shooting uninjured.

Devoy lives opposite the premises where the shooting occurred. His home, along with a number of others on the road, has CCTV cameras mounted to their roofs.

There were no sightings of either Devoy or anyone else caught up in the shooting at the scene this morning.

Small plastic containers were also seen on the road, covering empty shell casings from the incident.

Gardai were inspecting a number of front gardens in the estate and also carefully examining the inside of one homeowner’s car bonnet.

Yesterday's double fatality has stunned the neighbourhood.

Clinton Shannon was shot as he sat in a car outside the house in the estate

As the gunmen indiscriminately opened fire at the property, Ms Corbally-Devoy was hit and fatally wounded.

Two other people - Brian Moran (52) and Andrea Corbally-Devoy (18) - were also injured. Moran received a gunshot wound to his leg while the teenage girl was grazed by a stray bullet.

They are being treated at the Mater Hospital.

The killers, who used a sub-machine gun and a handgun, then jumped into a silver Opel Zafira which they attempted to set on fire but failed.

They then ran to a waiting Golf GTI and fled the area, before partially torching the vehicle in the Santry Close area.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and armed gardaí flooded the area.


Meanwhile, in the early hours of yesterday morning, a number of shots were fired at a homeowner’s front door in an estate adjacent to the Balbutcher attack.

At around 1am, prior to yesterday’s gangland style shooting, a gunman opened fire at the door of a house in Belclare View, Poppintree.

A number of bullet holes were visible at the premises, but gardai believe this incident is not related to the attack, which occurred later that day. .

There were no reported injuries.

A Garda spokesperson told that no arrests have been made to date, but an investigation into this incident is underway.

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