Dad shot outside his home after number of people kicked in his door where his young kids were sleeping
Gardai investigating the murder of Darragh Nugent (36) say they believe a number of people kicked in the door of his home, where two of his children were, prior to his killing.
They say it is their belief that there were a number of men in the area for at least 40 minutes before Nugent was gunned down on the street in front of his home on Wheatfield Avenue.
It is unclear if Nugent was at home at the time or whether the gunman targeted him as he arrived to his house.
Nugent’s body was removed from the scene this morning after members of the garda technical bureau carried out a forensic examination in the immediate area.
Speaking from the Neilstown scene, Supt Dermot Mann of Lucan garda station appealed to the public for help in solving the crime.
“Last night at around 9.40pm Darragh Nugent was shot dead outside his home in Wheatfield Avenue in Clondalkin,” he said.
“We believe there were a number of people in the area, probably from some time around 9pm up until the time of the shooting. I am making an appeal for people that were in the area to assist us or help us with any information in our investigation.
“We’re not sure if those people were on foot or in a car, but we do know that immediately after the shooting that a car sped off from the area here heading from Wheatfield Avenue onto the Collinstown Road. From there on we are unsure where that car went,” he added.
“We believe that car was a large saloon, it may be a BMW or similar, and probably an old car. We are appealing to the public, to taxi men, delivery men or anyone out walking to come forward.
“We have opened an incident room at Lucan garda station and that can be contacted at 01 6667300,” Supt Mann explained.
“It is our understanding at this stage that the door (of the house) was kicked-in by at least one perpetrator. I’m unsure at this stage if more people entered the house, we believe however that the confrontation and the shooting happened out on the street,” he told reporters.
“This man was the father of a number of small children and that makes it all the more horrific, and hence our appeal for the public’s help.
“He had been in his home earlier in the evening but I don't believe he was in the home at the time the gunmen arrived at the house.
“Two to three people were involved, and we suspect that the people were in the area, certainly on foot or in the car, between the Wheatfield Avenue and Collinstown Road area from at least 9pm onwards,” he added.
Supt Mann said there was no known motive yet for the killing.
It is believed the two children who were in the house when the front door was kicked in are a boy and a girl aged three and nine.
The Herald is reporting that Nugent was a close associate of gangster James 'Nellie' Walsh.
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.
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.