Friday 23 March 2018

Member of Hutch family targeted in latest feud shooting

Gerry Hutch: family member escaped a murder attempt
Gerry Hutch: family member escaped a murder attempt

Tom Brady, Cathal McMahon and Martin Grant

An innocent family member of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch escaped with his life after a shooting in Dublin last night.

Up to six shots were fired at the target by two gunmen at 5.25pm but he avoided injury and ran into his house.

Neighbours at Drumalee Park, off the North Circular Road, said it was a "miracle no one was hurt". The gunmen then made their escape in a car.

A car on fire was recovered a short time later at Regal Park, just off Blackhorse Avenue. Both scenes were preserved for forensic examination.

Gardaí recovered two firearms from the car and the guns were taken for ballistic and forensic examination.

A senior associate of the Kinahan crime cartel was arrested a short time later.

The suspect is regarded by gardaí as a 'level-one player' and actively involved in the Kinahan-Hutch feud.

One shocked neighbour said: "Look around, there are kids everywhere. It's a miracle no one was hurt. They were playing right there."

Another local said they saw the gunmen as the sped away.

"The car they had broke down just up the road.

"It was an old banger. Not worth anything. They hopped out and jumped into another waiting further up."

Local councillor Ciaran Cuff, who visited the scene, said: "It's appalling that we are seeing another shooting in the heart of the community, where there were lots of children enjoying a late summer's afternoon."

In follow-up inquiries, garda officers searched a van some distance from where the shooting took place and detained the suspected Kinahan gang member.

He was held for questioning under Section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

The suspect's home was one of 10 searched by gardaí in March in raids that targeted premises believed to be used by associates of the Kinahan cartel.

The raids followed the shooting in February of David Byrne at the Regency hotel on the northside of the city.

Byrne was shot dead by the Hutch faction at a boxing weigh-in event in retaliation for the murder of Gary Hutch in Spain last September.

The arrested man was previously investigated in relation to the shooting of Martin 'The Viper' Foley in January 2008.

Irish Independent

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