Victim shot up to eight times as he answered front door
A MANHUNT has been launched by gardai after a man who had just returned home from England was gunned down on the doorstep of a Dublin house.
The victim, named as Thomas McCarthy (55), was targeted as he answered the front door of the house in Croftwood Park, Cherry Orchard at around 11am.
It's understood he was shot up to eight times.
Superintendent Tony Twomey led a briefing this afternoon at Ballyfermot Garda Station.
The gunman fled the scene in a car and a vehicle has been located burnt out close to where the shooting happened and gardai are investigating if this was used in the gun attack.
Supt Twomey said gardai are interested in a Ford Fiesta, which was found burnt out on Le Fanu Drive and a silver Skoda Octavia which travelled from Killeen Road to Monksfield Walk/Lawns area of Clondalkin.
It’s believed the loan gunman drove the Fiesta to the shooting and then burnt it out before getting into the Octavia to flee.
“A male abandoned the car in Monksfield Walk and left the area towards a green area adjacent. We have no further information of travel after that location,” Supt Twomey said.
“We are appealing to motorists and pedestrians who may have been in any of those locations between 10.30am and 11.30am and who may have seen anything unusual. We are also appealing for anyone with dashcam phone footage.”
Supt Twomey said though it’s early in the investigation it seemed the two vehicles were used by the lone gunman.
“The (victim) had recently returned to Ireland and we are still trying to establish a motive.
“It’s the early stages so there’s a lot of information to gather. We are really interested in seeing what the public have seen.
“There were other people in the house.”
The garda confirmed they were members of the man’s family.
But he refused to comment on if the shooting was a planned execution, reiterating it was too early.
A senior source said that gardai are investigating whether four shots were discharged at the victim when he answered the door of the Ballyfermot property and another four shots were fired at him inside the house as he attempted to flee from at least one gunman.
The victim is not known to gardai and officers are investigating whether he recently returned home from England.
Gardai at Ballyfermot are investigating the shooting.
Several emergency services personnel including armed gardai are currently at the scene.
"Gardaí are investigating a fatal shooting incident that occurred at a house in the Croftwood Park area of Ballyfermot on 27/07/2020 at approximately 11am," a garda spokesperson said.
"A man received a number of gunshot wounds and has been pronounced dead at the scene.
"The scene is currently preserved for a technical examination."
The house was sealed off this morning and members of the garda technical bureau were gathering forensic evidence at the scene.
Neighbours said they heard shots this morning but did not see anybody escaping the scene.
“All we saw was the commotion afterwards, garda and the armed support unit, and the and the ambulance was there for a while,” said one local woman.
A 05 registered silver saloon car was located on fire nearby and is being examined as the probable getaway car.
Local councillor Daithi Doolan condemned the shooting.
"The shooting in Cherry Orchard this morning was wrong. I totally condemn It. It is an attack on the whole community," he said.
"Cherry Orchard is a great community. It is full of hardworking families. This gun attack will not undo or distract us from the good work we are doing at local level. We will redouble our efforts to make Cherry Orchard a great place to live.
"This community will not be held to ransom by these criminals. We must ensure those involved are arrested and face the full rigours of the law. I encourage anyone with information to please contact the Gardaí."
Anyone with dashcam, or mobile phone footage or any information is asked to call Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200 or The Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
More to follow...