Gardai extend Ballyfermot murder probe to Limerick
GARDAI investigating the murder of van driver David D'Arcy have extended their inquiries to Limerick in a bid to find clues to the identity of his killers.
The dark blue Opel Astra which was used by the killers in their getaway was found burnt out a short distance from where Mr D'Arcy (39) was shot dead.
He was sitting behind the wheel of his van in the driveway of his home at Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot, west Dublin, on Monday morning when he was shot.
The car, which had a registration plate 99 CE 3047, had been stolen in Limerick on November 23 and gardai are now trying to establish connections between there and the gunmen.
They have renewed an appeal for information on the whereabouts of the car between then and Monday and are also gathering underworld intelligence to pinpoint the identity of those responsible for the theft and their associations with west Dublin gangs.
Officers are following up a number of leads that have emerged since the shooting at 6.50am on Monday but are not yet following a definite line of inquiry.
Detectives have been examining the victim's recent past to find a motive and determine if he had fallen foul of local gangs.
They are also looking at recent armed incidents in the area, including the shooting of Frank Nolan, who was shot three times in the chest at Oranmore Road in Ballyfermot two months ago but survived the attack.
One officer said last night: "We are checking out a wide range of theories. But as this is not a gangland shooting and Mr D'Arcy had no known involvement with any groups, we are taking account of every scenario, including the possibility that he could have had enemies that had not come to the attention of the gardai in the past."
The killers blocked their victim's exit as he was about to reverse out of the driveway and head to work, delivering meat products for a local firm.
A gunman jumped out of the car and fired three shots into the passenger window of the van, hitting Mr D'Arcy in the head and upper body.