Wednesday 13 December 2017

Man (37) dies after he is 'shot four times in back' in country's latest gun attack

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Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

A man has died following a shooting in Cork.

The man, who is understood to be 37 years old and from the northside of the city, was shot up to four times in the incident which occurred in Blackpool shortly before 5pm.

The man was shot multiple times in the back.

It is believed the attack was carried out by a lone gunman who then fled the immediate scene on foot.

The gunman then escaped in a waiting vehicle.

The injured man was rushed to Cork University Hospital where he was being treated for multiple gunshot injuries.

His condition was initially described as being "serious" before it deteriorated later in the evening. 

Gardaí immediately cordoned off the area after the shooting which will be examined by forensic experts for clues as to the identity of the attacker.

Gardaí are also conducting door-to-door inquiries in the area to determine if there were any witnesses to the shooting which occurred near a quiet residential area.

Investigation teams are examining a vehicle which was discovered on fire less than one kilometre away from the scene.

Gardai do not believe there is a gangland link to the killing, however they are investigating possible dissident republican motives.

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