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Thursday 21 June 2018

Gun victim Jamie Tighe (24) was shot dead in front of his friends

  • Gun victim Jamie Tighe (24) had local gangland links
  • He was with friends when he was gunned down
  • Gardaí appeal for witnesses to come forward
  • Burnt-out Audi A3 car found nearby
Shooting victim Jamie Tighe (24)
Shooting victim Jamie Tighe (24)
Scene of shooting in Coolock (Photo: David Conachy)
Scene of shooting in Coolock (Photo: David Conachy)
The body is taken away from the scene of the shooting in Coolock, Dublin. 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

Maeve Sheehan and Mary McDonnell

Friends of a young man who was shot dead in the early hours of Saturday morning desperately tried to save his life at the scene.

Jamie Tighe (24) was shot dead in front of his friends on Moatview Avenue in Coolock, Dublin.

The young man had links to local gangland crime.

The 24-year-old was on the footpath with a group of people when he was shot in the head at 2.20am.

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

He died at the scene. Gardai are appealing for anyone who was with him at the time of the shooting to come forward.

As the murder investigation began yesterday, detectives had yet to trace the man's friends. They believe these friends may have witnessed the attack first hand.

The getaway car, a black Audi A3, was found burned out near the Clearwater shopping centre in Finglas. But gardai were unable to say how many occupants were in it.

Mr Tighe was from Coolock and was believed to have had previous convictions. He was thought to have had connections to some Hutch gang members, but so far his murder is not thought to be linked to the ongoing Kinahan/Hutch feud.

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

Superintendent Gerard Donnelly appealed for the people who were with Jamie Tighe at the time to come forward, and anyone else who may have witnessed the shooting or who saw the black Audi.

"I am also 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 those people to please make contact with us," said Supt Donnelly.

"I am also appealing to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious, in the Moatview area and in the area close to Martin's pub in Priorswood between 2am and 2.30am to please make contact with us."

The body was removed from Moatview Avenue yesterday morning and brought to the city mortuary. A post-mortem was carried out there yesterday afternoon by Dr Margaret Bolster.

Gardai have issued an appeal for information about the black Audi A3, with a registration number 00 O1 Y5067. The car was found partially burnt out between Griffith and Fairlawn Park outside Prospect Hill in Finglas.

Shock

Local residents who knew the dead man were horrified.

"I just heard it this morning," said a woman who asked not to be named. She added the dead man was "a nice lad".

"I didn't know him well, but he was a nice lad. It's very sad," she said. "The area is not safe. The place is rampant with drugs."

A local (28) said the victim was drinking with friends on Friday 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."

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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