Saturday 24 February 2018

Man (53) shot dead by armed raiders in 4am home attack

Forensics officers at the scene on Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin, where a 53-year-old was shot at around 4.05am this morning. Photo: PA
Forensics officers at the scene on Shancastle Avenue, Clondalkin, west Dublin, where a 53-year-old was shot at around 4.05am this morning. Photo: PA


Gardai in Dublin have launched a murder inquiry after a man was shot dead at his Clondalkin home early today.

Armed men tried to break down the door of the house at Shancastle Road, Clondalkin at 4am. When they failed to gain entry they shot through a damaged panel in the door and hit the 53-year-old man, who was in the hall, several times.

Other family members were in the house at the time, but were not injured. The victim was brought to James Connolly Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A silver grey car was seen speeding away from the scene and a car was later found burnt out at the Steeples in nearby Chapelizod.

Gardai in Ronanstown are appealing for any information about the incident and forensic teams had today sealed off the area for examination.

Another 53-year-old man died in hospital on Tuesday following a shooting at a caravan park in Donabate, Co Dublin at the weekend. Michael Taylor died in Beaumont Hospital after being shot several times in the head and body.

Gardai are already investigating the murder of a 20-year-old man who was gunned down in one of two gangland-style attacks on May 26.

Dean Johnson was shot several times as he sat in the back of a car in the Clondalkin area of west Dublin. He was shot in his upper body and head and was taken to Tallaght Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Johnson was known to gardai and was also well-known in the Clondalkin area.

Gardai said no one else was injured in the shooting on Moorfield Avenue and appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to contact Ronanstown station.

The murder of the 20-year-old happened about 400 metres from where two drug dealer brothers, Paul Corbally, 35, and Kenneth Corbally, 32, were shot dead last summer.

Earlier, a 23-year-old man was shot in the shoulder in the Cabra House pub on Faussagh Avenue, Cabra, north Dublin.

A Garda spokeswoman said the victim refused medical attention for his injuries, which are not life-threatening.

Two men were injured in separate shooting incidents in Dublin on April 30. A man in his 20s suffered gunshot wounds to the legs in an attack at the Barn House pub in Dolphin's Barn.

And a man was seriously injured following a shooting in Finglas in a lane off Cappagh Road. The 42-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown. He was later transferred to the Mater Hospital.

Clondalkin Sinn Fein councillor Matthew McDonagh, who lives close to the scene of today's shooting, said the area was shocked by the killing.

"Especially the age of the man, at 53. We have to condemn it," he said.

"This is the second one (shooting) in the last three weeks (in Clondalkin). From a young man to a man in his mid 50s."

Mr McDonagh said he hoped the gun attack would not spark further violence.

One initial line of inquiry was whether the killing has any link to the dissident republican Continuity IRA.

The dead man was named locally as Liam Kenny, a father of four.

Detectives believe the killers escaped in a Nissan Qashqai found burnt out a few kilometres away in the Chapelizod area of west Dublin.

The 10-D registered car was recovered in the The Steeples area close to Ballyfermot and has been preserved for forensic tests.

Superintendent John Gilligan said: "This car is important in terms of the investigation and we believe that it was used as a getaway car."

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