Tuesday 20 March 2018

Major gangland criminal gunned down in Drimnagh

Sunday 4 May 2014. 346 Cooley Rd. Scene of shooting. Drimnagh.
Sunday 4 May 2014. 346 Cooley Rd. Scene of shooting. Drimnagh.
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Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

A major gangland figure has been shot dead in broad daylight.

The man,  Christopher Zambra, was shot in an ambush attack in Dublin's Drimnagh this afternoon.

The victim, who is in his 30s, was targeted just before 3pm as he drove along Cooley Road in the south of the city.

He tried to flee his attackers, but was gunned down in a garden a short distance away.

The man is known to gardai.

At the scene today a light-coloured Audi car with a 02 CW registration plate could be seen parked at the side of Cooley Road with the passenger door open.

The reverse lights were on, indicating that the victim made some attempt to drive away from his attackers when he saw them approach.

There are five bullet holes in the windscreen of the car, and the window on the driver's side has been shot out, leaving glass scattered on the road.

A garda forensic tent has been erected over the victim's body in the front garden of a house two doors away from the car.

Gardai believe the victim tried to flee for his life on foot but was chased down and killed in the garden of the house at the junction of Cooley Road and Kilworth Road.

Spent shells from the murder weapon, that appear to me 9mm calibre, could also be seen scattered on the road in front of the Audi car.

People could be seen arriving in tears at the house just beside the car and being comforted by the occupants.

The victim is from the Drimnagh locality.

Gardai sealed off the scene and started house-to-house enquiries while members of the technical bureau carried out a forensic examination on the scene.

A jeep, believed to be the getaway vehicle, was found burned out on nearby Galtymore Road.

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