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Dad shot dead in morning traffic attack

A DAD-of-two in his late 30s was shot dead on his way to work in Dublin today. The victim was shot three times outside his home in west Dublin at around 7am.

He has been named locally as David D’arcy – who lived on Cherry Orchard Avenue where he was murdered. Detectives don’t believe he had any connection to crime gangs and are probing whether he was shot over “a personal matter”.

Gardai say that the hit had been planned for some time – the car believed to have been used by the killers was stolen in Limerick three weeks ago.

The blue 1999 Clare registered Opel Vectra was found in flames on nearby Inagh Road, Ballyfermot, and will be forensically examined.

Mr D’Arcy was not known to gardai for any involvement in gangland crime and had no criminal convictions.

The dad-of-two is originally from Claddagh Road in Ballyfermot. His own son, David Jnr, today said that his father's killing could be a case of mistaken identity.

“He wasn't connected with anything like gangs. We're all shocked here,” he told the Herald.

He told how he got a phone call from his younger sister Janice (16) this morning telling him what had happened. “She's in an awful state over it. She said my mam heard the gunshots from the bedroom where she was asleep," he said.

The victim was living with his partner Mandy Haverty and daughter Janice at the Cherry Orchard address, while his son lives with his grandparents.

Mr D’Arcy’s body remained at the scene this morning and the area where the shooting happened was sealed off for a technical examination.

David’s employer Tom Whelan, who runs a food distribution company, today described him as a hard worker and an obliging man.

“We’re all in shock here,” he told the Herald. “We can’t understand why anybody would want to do this to David.”

“He was a very hard worker. He’s been with us six years. We’ve never had any issues with David. It’s just hard to believe what happened,” Mr Whelan said.