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Monday 18 December 2017

Man tried to 'finish off' laneway victim

Tom Brady Security Editor

GARDAI investigating a shooting have disclosed that the gunman attempted to "finish off" the 30-year-old victim as he lay helpless on the ground.

Dubliner Declan O'Reilly was hit four times in the chest and arms by shots from a small-calibre handgun as he walked down a laneway leading towards football pitches in Harold's Cross last week.

He slumped to the ground after an initial barrage of bullets struck him.

The gunman, who was on a bicycle, then pulled alongside him and tried to shoot Mr O'Reilly in the head but missed.

The attacker then made off into teatime traffic at Harold's Cross Road, almost colliding with a car as he cycled out of the lane at the rear of Kenilworth Motors.

Passers-by called for an ambulance and the laneway was sealed off from the pitches, where schoolchildren were playing soccer at the time.

Mr O'Reilly, of Parnell Road, Crumlin, has since made a good recovery.

Meanwhile, a 31-year-old woman and 27-year-old man, who were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of plotting to murder Mr O'Reilly, have been released without charge.

But officers are continuing several lines of inquiry and are examining mobile phone traffic and text messages between a number of handsets.

They believe Mr O'Reilly received a threat that he would be killed, some time before he was shot.

The two suspects, who are next-door neighbours in the south Dublin suburb of Rathmines, have been questioned about the threat, which is thought to be linked to a dispute over a debt.

Irish Independent

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