Wednesday 13 December 2017

Major garda probe after man dies in gun incident in basement city flat

The scene on the North Circular road where man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture; Gerry Mooney.
The scene on the North Circular road where man in his 50's was discovered dead yesterday evening. Picture; Gerry Mooney.
The scene of the shooting at 70 North Circular Road last night. Pic: Colin O'Riordan

Ken Foy, Conor Feehan and Alan O'Keeffe

A distraught woman who was "covered in blood" was observed leaving a property where a 50-year-old man suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the head.

A major garda investigation is ongoing today into the fatal shooting incident in a basement flat of a property on the capital’s North Circular Road which occurred around 8.30pm last night.

The 50-year-old man who died at the scene has been named locally as Gary O’ Brien who is originally from Barry Avenue in Finglas.

Initial indications were that Mr O’ Brien’s injuries were self-inflicted but gardai are investigating all aspects of the fatal shooting.

A firearm has not yet been recovered.

No arrests have yet been made and it is believed that a handgun was the weapon that caused Mr O’ Brien’s death.

The woman who was observed leaving the property last night had "a lot of blood" on one side of her body and was heard mumbling "he is dead", according to eye-witnesses.

The mysterious case is being investigated by officers from the Bridewell Garda Station.

Today two scenes were sealed off by gardaí on the busy road, five doors apart, as an investigation into the death was launched.

One of the houses is currently gutted and undergoing renovation. Neighbours say the building, which is surrounded by wooden hoardings, is currently vacant.

The second property is split into flats.

Locals said a large number of Gardai arrived at the scene along with ambulances and fire brigades, and Gardai searched bins and gardens between the two properties as if in search of a weapon.

"We didn’t know if it was a murder or a raid on a house. There was armed Gardaí and everything. It was as if it was a gangland murder but that doesn’t appear to be the case," said one man.

"There was a large group of Gardaí up at the house which is being renovated, and then they all went down to the house that is split into flats. Nobody knows for sure what is going on," he added.

One man who carried out some work at his flat in the past month described him as a "gentleman".

He was known to have difficulty walking and regularly used a wheelchair.

The house where he died was split into more than 20 flats according to one resident.

"I did hear a woman screaming in a basement flat last night but I don’t know what it was about," he explained.

Other people coming from the flats said they did not know what was going on.

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