Net closes in on gang who murdered gunman after failed hit on bodybuilder
GARDAI have raided the homes of three men whom they suspect carried out and ordered the shooting of Karl Wynne.
Notorious criminal Wynne (47) lost his fight for life yesterday morning.
He was left in a critical condition after being shot three times outside a premises at St Dominic's Shopping Centre in Tallaght on May 30 when a motorbike carrying two men pulled up.
Wynne had previously been arrested in connection with the non fatal shooting of well known bodybuilder Sean Enright at a Cabra gym but was released without charge after being questioned for five days.
The Herald has learned that gardai have identified that the gang responsible for what is now a gun murder and raided three homes in the same north Dublin housing estate last week.
No arrests were made in the operation, which was carried out by detectives from Tallaght Garda Station.
Sources believe that the gunman who blasted Wynne is the same criminal who shot drug dealer Paul Cullen dead in a Cabra pub last February.
He has “come to the fore” as a ruthless hitman in the gang that was once led by Eamon ‘The Don' Dunne.
The suspected motorbike getaway driver was a close associate of murdered Finglas gunfor-hire Daniel Gaynor, who was 25 when he was shot dead in front of his young family in August 2010.
The suspected getaway driver was extremely close to Gaynor and has multiple previous convictions.
And the criminal who is “pulling all the strings” in the mob also had his house raided in last week's search operation.
This mobster was recently threatened by an inner-city gangster and has served a lengthy jail sentence.
He is the chief suspect for murdering innocent Finglas man Lee Kinsella (30) in 2006 and has been involved in a gangland reign of terror since being released from prison.
This included a grenade attack on the home of an innocent family.
A senior source said: “The raids in those three houses were very significant but the investigation has now stepped up a gear since Wynne died yesterday, so there may be much more to come.
“Gardai have always believed that Wynne's murder was linked to his attempt to murder Sean Enright in Cabra a fortnight before he was shot in Tallaght – there was never much doubt that the crew responsible for shooting Wynne are based in the Finglas area.”
Wynne, who was nicknamed ‘The Lone Ranger', was linked to a spate of armed robberies in the months before he was shot and was also the chief suspect for murdering criminal Alan Desmond in Tallaght last April.
He was arrested and questioned for five days about the Enright shooting before being warned by gardai to be “extremely careful” on his release.
Wynne was then shot less than a week later.
Such was the catastrophic nature of his injuries, Wynne was never expected to survive and medics were shocked that he survived as long as he did.