Saturday 21 September 2019

Detectives believe gun murder is linked to gangland feud

  • Capital's latest gun victim named as Eric Fowler (34)
  • Detectives believe he was shot dead as part of a gangland feud
  • Fowler was gunned down outside his home at Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla
  • Murder investigation launched and incident room set up in Blanchardstown Garda Station
  • Gardaí are appealing to the public for assistance on a number of matters possibly connected to the case
Eric Fowler (inset) was gunned down outside his home at Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla.
Eric Fowler (inset) was gunned down outside his home at Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla.
Robin Schiller

Robin Schiller

Detectives investigating the murder of a man in west Dublin last night believe he was shot dead as part of a gangland feud.

The victim, named locally as Eric Fowler (34), was gunned down outside his home at Blakestown Cottages, Clonsilla.

He was struck a number of times, including at least once in the head, shortly before 7pm.

The murder victim was well-known to gardai and had been investigated for his involvement in serious organised crime in recent years.

Gun victim Eric Fowler
Gun victim Eric Fowler

Sources said he had close links to the Kinahan cartel but was also associated with criminals involved in a separate feud in the Finglas and Blanchardstown areas.

He had previously been warned that there was a credible threat to his life, and detectives are now probing if last night's killing is connected to either the Hutch/Kinahan feud or the west Dublin feud.

Only this month Fowler had appeared in court and received a two-year driving ban for drink driving.

Gardaí have officially opened a murder investigation and have set up an incident room at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Gardaí are appealing to members of the public for assistance on the below;

  • Gardaí would like to speak to anyone who was in the vicinity of Blakestown Cottages, Blakestown Road, Hartstown Park and St. Peregrines GAA Club yesterday between the hours of 5pm and 7pm. Any drivers who travelled the Blakestown Road during 5pm and 7pm particularly vehicles with dash cameras
  • Gardaí are appealing to trace the movements of a silver Volkswagen Jetta bearing the registration plate 06-MH-3192 from the 18th of December 2018 until 7pm last night
  • The Volkswagen Jetta was then found burnt out at Rusheeney Crescent Clonee, Dublin 15 at 7pm. Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information of seeing people fleeing from this car or any other suspicious activity in the Rusheeney area in the days leading up to this murder

Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Incident Room at Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 6667000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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