Man 'attacked and run over with car' shortly after firing shots at house
*Victim named locally as Neil Reilly *Shots initially fired at house in Ronanstown *Man 'slashed' and killed in incident with car 7km away *Gardaí treating incident as murder
Gardaí believe that a man was attacked and run over by a car in the early hours of this morning after he fired shots at a house. The victim has been named locally as 36-year-old Neil Reilly from St Finian's Close, Lucan.
Two crime scenes in west Dublin link the brutally violent incident which happened at around 4am this morning.
Detectives are now treating the incident as murder.
At the first scene, in the Liscarne area of Ronanstown, shots were reported to have been fired at a house.
It is believed that Reilly fired the bullets and a short time later several people left the house.
The area was sealed off this morning. Two spent shotgun cartridges could be seen on the pathway outside the Liscarne area.
Shortly after the shooting, two cars collided in the Glebe housing estate in the Esker area of Lucan and it is understood Reilly then suffered slash wounds in an altercation. He was also run over by a car.
A large section of that estate was today sealed off by gardai investigating the incident.
Local sources say the victim of the attack was left lying on the road.
Emergency services attended the scene immediately and the victim was rushed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
He was understood to have been alive when emergency crews arrived but lost his fight for life.
A silver blue Mazda car, which was very badly damaged was left at the scene. A sign post was also ripped from the ground and there were tyre marks in the grass margin.
Sheets of black plastic, placed by gardai, covered other evidence on the roadway.
“I heard noises and when I looked out I could see a few of the neighbours gathered around a man lying in the road,” said one resident.
“Then the emergency services and the gardai all started to arrive. I don't know what’s going on,” he added.
At Liscarne Gardens neighbours reported hearing two shots at 3.40am.
“Then there were people leaving the house, and an ambulance came and took one man away,” said one local.
Senior gardai visited the scene at the Glebe and the garda cordon was widened to include the entrance to the estate.
The area was also patrolled by the garda armed response unit.
Dublin Fire Brigade also sent a fire engine and an ambulance to the scene.
Superintendent Dermot Mann from Lucan garda station today appealed for witnesses.
He explained that there were two incidents, one in Liscarne Garden and the second in the Esker Glebe estate, and it is believed that a number of people in a number of cars travelled from the first scene to the second one.
“A number of shots were fired at a house in Liscarne Gardens, nobody was injured in that incident. A number of cars left there, we are not sure how many,” he said.
“Very soon after that gardai were asked to respond to a call to the scene behind me (Esker Glebe) where a number of cars had crashed into a car here. We are not sure how many cars or people were involved. But after the crash there was a serious altercation on the street involving five to six people or maybe more,” he added.
“One of the people was injured, he was taken by ambulance to Connolly Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead around 5.30am this morning,” he explained.
Supt Mann said a murder investigation has been launched and appealed for witnesses at either Liscarne, the Esker Glebe estate to come forward.
He also stressed that it was unclear what route the cars took between the first incident and the second, and appealed for anyone who saw suspicious activity or cars being driven fast or erratically in the Ronanstown and Lucan areas to come forward.
He also appealed for witnesses who came out onto the street in the Glebe estate and witnessed any part of the incident to come forward.
“A number of people came out following the initial impact of the cars and they may have seen what happened. I am concentrating on the number of cars involved, the descriptions of that, and the number and descriptions of the people involved and indeed how these people left,” he said.
Supt Mann said one avenue being investigated is that the person who fired the shots at the house in Ronanstown was followed out of there.
Local councillors have expressed their shock at the night of violence.
Fine Gael councillor William Lavelle said he walked past the murder scene on his way to Lucan Village this morning.
"I was speaking to gardai and a lot of school parents walking their kids to school this morning," he told Independent.ie.
"People are just shocked that we’ve had a second very heinous crime in our community within the space of a couple of months.
"One man has lost his life and obviously thoughts and prayers should be with the family of the victim. People are very shocked that you could have a chase ending up with a murder on a public road. I think people are really afraid," he continued.
"If crime is let get out of hand, you could end up with innocent bystanders getting caught up in it.
"People are also very annoyed that the good name of Lucan has been dragged down by a second heinous crime in such a short time between them.
"I wish the gardai the very best in their investigation," he added.
Independent councillor and Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council Liona O'Toole said the latest incident points towards a "serious problem" in the locality.
"I’m shocked that something like this has happened yet again in Lucan," she said.
"It’s a school route and you would have a lot of children walking to school from that direction.
"The incident that happened only a couple of months ago, along with this latest violent crime proves that we have a serious problem in our locality.
"Lucan needs more surveillance and resources put in place than other areas around Dublin, because it’s perceived as a quieter area but this incident shows that it isn’t the case."