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Thursday 24 May 2018

Gym trainer is latest to be shot dead in bloody feud

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting
Gardaí at the scene of the shooting

Ken Foy and Ryan Nugent

A fitness instructor has become the latest murder victim shot dead as part of a bloody west Dublin feud.

The man, named locally as John Gibson (29), was gunned down in a car park in Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, Dublin 24, shortly before 9.20pm last night.

Gibson was close friends with Darragh Nugent (36), who was shot dead in west Dublin last week. Both murdered men were associated with jailed hit man James 'Nellie' Walsh.

Gardaí believe the murders of Nugent and Gibson were carried out by a west Dublin crime group who are intent on "wiping out" jailed 'Nellie' Walsh's gang.

The organised crime gang suspected of carrying out the murder on Gibson have links to the Kinahan cartel and are considered among the largest drug distributors in west Dublin.

It is understood Gibson was blasted a number of times as he sat in his vehicle outside a fast-food restaurant in the Fortunestown Lane area.

A gunman, who was driven to the scene in a van, fired a number of shots at Gibson, who then attempted to flee the vehicle before being shot several more times. He suffered at least one catastrophic gunshot wound to the head and another three to the body.

Gibson was brought to Tallaght Hospital, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

A van was later recovered burnt out in the Tallaght area. A magazine clip was also recovered in the front seat of the vehicle.

The scene was sealed off surrounding an Eddie Rockets restaurant at Citywest Shopping Centre some 50 metres from the incident, with the Garda armed response unit and Traffic Corps on the scene.

Around 20 locals - mainly children - stood in eerie silence late into the night staring at the bullet ridden car window behind Garda tape.

Gardaí are treating it as the fourth murder linked to the bitter west Dublin feud, which has escalated in the last fortnight.

Gibson had a number of minor previous convictions, including one for simple possession of drugs when he was caught with three ecstasy tablets in Swords, last year.

Irish Independent

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