Sunday 21 January 2018

First picture of man (24) shot dead in fatal gun attack, as gardai appeal for witnesses

  • Man (24) shot dead in overnight attack
  • Victim shot dead on footpath in housing estate on way home from socialising with friends
  • Burnt-out Audi A3 car found nearby
  • Family member visits scene of gun attack
  • Young man was well-known in the area
  • Friends and family pay tribute online
  • Locals in the area 'fear for their children'
  • 'It's gone to the dogs here. It's gone really bad' - local
Victim Jamie Tighe Ennis (24) who was shot on a footpath on Moatview Avenue, Coolock
Victim Jamie Tighe Ennis (24) who was shot on a footpath on Moatview Avenue, Coolock
Shooting victim Jamie Tighe (24)
Scene of shooting in Coolock (Photo: David Conachy)
Scene of shooting in Coolock (Photo: David Conachy)
Scene of shooting in Coolock (Photo: David Conachy)
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning

Mary McDonnell

Gardaí are appealing for a number of people who witnessed a late night gun attack to come forward.

Victim Jamie Tighe Ennis (24) who was shot on a footpath on Moatview Avenue, Coolock, was known to gardaí and had a number of previous convictions.

The young man had connections on both side of the Kinahan/Hutch feud, but gardaí do not believe the attack is related to the ongoing gangland feud.

He was shot at approximately 2.20am this morning.

Shooting victim Jamie Tighe (24)
Shooting victim Jamie Tighe (24)

It is understood the 24-year-old was returning from a night out with friends when he was gunned down.

Speaking this afternoon, Superintendent at Coolock Garda Station, Gerard Donnelly said: "I’m aware that the deceased person was in the company of a number of people, both male and female, at the time of the shooting so I would ask for those people to please make contact with us."

A technical examination is underway at the scene and the body has been removed to the city mortuary where a post mortem will be carried out by assistant state pathologist Dr Margaret Bolster.

Gardai are also asking anyone who may have seen a black Audi A3 car before or after the shooting to come forward.

The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning

Gardaí discovered the partially burnt-out car in a green area between The Griffith and Prospect Hill opposite the Clearwater in Finglas shortly after the shooting in the early hours of the morning.

They're appealing for information on the car with a registration of 00-OY-5067.

They are also appealing for people who saw suspicious activity around Moatview Avenue or close to Martin’s Lounge pub between 2am and 2.30am to contact them.

Gardai said it is too early to determine how many shooters approached the victim.

They also confirmed that Jamie Tighe Ennis was 24 years of age, and not 23 as previously reported.

Tributes

Around 11.30am, a young woman arrived sobbing and lay a bouquet of flowers at the scene.

The victim's brother also arrived and begged gardaí to let him place a miraculous medal on his brother's body.

"I'm his brother. Please, please," he asked gardaí.

A local (28) said the victim was drinking with friends last night and was well known in the area.

He said: "He was bubbly, one of those fellas that was full of themselves kind of thing.

"He was mad into the gym. But Jesus Christ, f****ing blasted, wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy.

"He has troubles but don't we all around this kip.

"That's cold blood for ya (shooting a man)," he continued.

"I only seen him yesterday. You'd want to have some serious enemies (to be gunned down). The place is getting worse. Everybody would know him. You'd know the name."

Locals said the deceased was not from the street where he was killed but that he lived nearby.

A number of friends and family posted tributes to the young man online this morning.

One family member wrote; "May you get the best bed in heaven. Rest in paradise brother."

A friend wrote; "Ya be always remembered mate", while another wrote; "Honestly I can't believe it this place is just getting worse. Still in shock. Thinking of his family."

Another wrote on Facebook; "Can't believe the news I'm after waking up to, absolutely heartbroken bro. Can't believe it. The memoris we have growing up."

Locals

A 27-year-old mother-of-two walked by the scene this morning as her 3-year-old son pointed at the blue tent shielding the body.

"It's gone to the dogs here. It's gone really bad. That fella was only 23. It's very sad," she told Independent.ie.

"I always fear (for my children).

"You just don't know. I hate this area now. I don't feel safe walking around anymore."

A father of one (50) who's lived on Moatview Avenue for 35 years said crime is a huge problem in the area and more Gardaí are needed to tackle it.

"I grew up with it all. Lucky enough I got out of it. Guns are everywhere," he said.

"I heard a police car last night. I could hear the sirens. I just assumed they were chasing somebody.

"(We need) more patrol cars. The time you see them is when something happens. They used to have them on the beat.

"You don't see them any more. They don't go around on the bikes now anymore either. Probably for their own safety."

Another neighbour added; "It's too dangerous. That's the second person that was killed here. There was a person stabbed 7 or 8 years ago. There's no gardai on the beat here. You need them. We need more gardaí on the beat." 

Gardaí in Coolock are investigating the incident.

They are appealing for witnesses to contact Coolock on 016664200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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