Gardai recover gun used by failed assassin in gangland hit
GARDAI have recovered the handgun used in a gangland shooting which was dropped by the would-be assassin after he was pinned to a wall by a car.
Detectives probing the attempted murder of Robert Ryle (30) yesterday recovered the weapon which fired up to five shots into the victim as he got out of a car at a house at Foxdene Park in Clondalkin, Co Dublin, on Sunday night.
A lone gunman approached him at 8.40pm, firing several shots into his neck and chest from close range.
It is understood the driver of the car pinned the assassin against the wall in a desperate bid to save Mr Ryle's life.
The gunman managed to wriggle free and fled the scene on foot in the direction of the Fonthill Road. But he dropped his weapon, which was recovered nearby.
Mr Ryle, from Ballyfermot, was rushed to Tallaght Hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He remains in a critical condition.
Superintendent Pat Clavin, from Lucan garda station, last night issued a plea for anyone with information to come forward. "We're particularly anxious to find out how the gunman got to the scene at Foxdene Park and how he escaped from the scene afterwards," he said.
"He escaped in the direction of Fonthill Road and there would have been a lot of people in the area, including a lot of children out playing."
Investigating officers are looking at the possibility that the shooting may be linked to the double murder of Paul and Kenneth Corbally earlier this year. They were gunned down as they sat with a teenager in their car in Neilstown, west Dublin, on June 28 last.
The brothers, aged 32 and 35 and from Ballyfermot, were under investigation for serious crime in the capital. They were shot several times in the head and body.
Mr Ryle is known to gardai. In February 2002 he appeared in court in connection with two armed robberies from Bank of Ireland branches in Cork and Limerick which netted €14,000.
He was with two co-accused prisoners who escaped from a prison van outside Limerick Prison when the back door opened. While Mr Ryle remained in the van, his colleagues fled but were later re-captured.
Local politicians hit out at those involved in the shooting. "Anybody who goes out to kill somebody, they don't care who's around," said People Before Profit councillor Gino Kenny.
The scene was sealed off for technical examination. Gardai have appealed for anyone with information to come forward. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown gardai at 01 6667700, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.