Monday 20 November 2017

Man arrested in connection with fatal shooting of Benny Whitehouse outside school

Benny Whitehouse who was shot dead in Balbriggan
Benny Whitehouse who was shot dead in Balbriggan
The scene of the shooting. Inset: Benny Whitehouse.
Geraldine Gittens

Geraldine Gittens

A 39-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a garda investigation into the fatal shooting of Benny Whitehouse last September.

Mr Whitehouse (35) was shot dead outside a school at Clonard Street, Balbriggan, Co Dublin on September 25, 2014.

The man was arrested in Ardee Co Louth this morning and is currently detained at Balbriggan Garda Station under the provisions of Section 50 – Criminal Justice Act 2007.

A major investigation has been ongoing since Whitehouse was shot after dropping his child to school.

Whitehouse was hit four times as he got into his car on Clonard Street just after 9am. His partner was shot in the leg by the lone gunman who then sped from the scene.

The horrific gun attack took place just yards from St Peter and Paul’s school as parents brought their children to the primary school.

Whitehouse had just dropped his child to the school and walked back the short distance to his VW Polo when he was singled out by a gunman who opened fire on him and repeatedly shot him.

It is understood the gunman ran to the driver’s side of the car and fired a volley of shots into it through the side window.

Whitehouse, who lived at Westbrook Rise in Balbriggan, tried to escape and ended up face down on the footpath with his legs still in the car.

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