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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Young man (23) shot dead in housing estate overnight

  • Man (23) shot dead in overnight attack
  • Victim shot dead on footpath in housing estate
  • Area sealed off for technical examination
  • Locals 'fear for their children'
  • 'It's gone to the dogs here. It's gone really bad' - local
Scene of shooting in Coolock (Photo: David Conachy)
Scene of shooting in Coolock (Photo: David Conachy)
Scene of shooting in Coolock (Photo: David Conachy)
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning

Mary McDonnell

A young man was shot dead in a Dublin housing estate overnight.

The shooting occurred at approximately 2.20am this morning on Moatview Avenue, Coolock.

The 23-year-old was shot on the footpath in front of a row of houses, located across from Priorswood Rd.

He received fatal injuries in the brutal attack. His body remains at the scene this morning.

The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning

Locals said the deceased was not from the street where he was killed but that he lived nearby.

A 27-year-old mother-of-two walked by the scene this morning as her 3-year-old son pointed at the blue tent shielding the body.

The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning
The scene of a shooting on Moatview Avenue, Coolock this morning

"It's gone to the dogs here. It's gone really bad. That fella was only 23. It's very sad," she told Independent.ie.

"I always fear (for my children).

"You just don't know. I hate this area now. I don't feel safe walking around anymore."

A father of one (50) who's lived on Moatview Avenue for 35 years said crime is a huge problem in the area and more Gardaí are needed to tackle it.

"I grew up with it all. Lucky enough I got out of it. Guns are everywhere," he said.

"I heard a police car last night. I could hear the sirens. I just assumed they were chasing somebody.

"(We need) more patrol cars. The time you see them is when something happens. They used to have them in the beat.

"You don't see them any more. They don't go around on the bikes now anymore either. Probably for their own safety."

Another neighbour added; "It's too dangerous. That's the second person here that was killed here. There was a person stabbed 7 or 8 years ago. There's no gardai on the beat here. You need them. We need more gardaí on the beat." 

Gardaí in Coolock are investigating the incident.

They are appealing for witnesses to contact Coolock on 016664200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

The area has been sealed off for a technical examination.

Gardaí said no further information is available at this time.

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