Thursday 23 May 2019

Man in twenties arrested in relation to fatal shooting of John Gibson (29)

The scene of the fatal shooting at City West Shopping Centre, Fortunestown Lane this morning PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
The scene of the fatal shooting at City West Shopping Centre, Fortunestown Lane this morning. Fortunestown Lane closed by Gardai. PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
The scene of the fatal shooting at City West Shopping Centre, Fortunestown Lane this morning PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
The scene of the fatal shooting at City West Shopping Centre, Fortunestown Lane this morning PIC COLIN O'RIORDAN
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

A young man arrested in relation to the fatal shooting of John Gibson (29) in September 2017 has been released without charge.

Fitness instructor John Gibson was gunned down in a car park in Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, at around 9.20pm on September 18.

A man in his late 20s was arrested this morning and has now been released without charge.  A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Gibson was close pals with Darragh Nugent (36), who was shot dead in west Dublin the week before his death.

Gardai at the scene on Fortunstown Lane near the City West Shopping centre where a man was shot dead in a vehicle tonight..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.
Gardai at the scene on Fortunstown Lane near the City West Shopping centre where a man was shot dead in a vehicle tonight..Picture Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Both men were associated with jailed hitman James ‘Nellie’ Walsh.

An inquest later found that Gibson died died due to multiple gunshot wounds.

John Gibson leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Blanchardstown, Dublin.
John Gibson leaving Blanchardstown District Court. Blanchardstown, Dublin.

Gardaí in Tallaght arrested a man in his late twenties in connection with their investigation this morning. He is currently detained at Tallaght Garda Station under the provisions of Section 30 – Offences Against the State Act 1939.

This brings the total number of arrests to date for this incident to four. A spokesperson said their investigation is continuing.

Shooting

It is understood that Gibson was blasted several times as he sat in his car outside Eddie Rockets outlet.

A gunman, who was driven to the scene in a van, opened fire on Gibson, who tried to get out of his car and flee.

The van was later recovered burnt out on nearby Verschoyle Green. A magazine clip was also recovered from the front seat.

Gibson was not considered a major gangland criminal, and had only a number of minor convictions including one for simple possession of drugs when he was caught with three ecstasy tablets in Swords in 2016.

However, he had close links to Walsh, who is currently serving a lengthy sentence over firearms.

Walsh, backed up by Nugent, became a player in the west Dublin crime scene around seven years ago and ended up getting involved in a bitter dispute with a Clondalkin gang with close links to the cartel.

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