A FATHER-of-three was gunned down in cold blood at his home in Dublin today.
A gang of four men killed Liam Kenny (53) in a hail of bullets.
Seconds earlier they had tried to break down the front door of his house at Shancastle Avenue in Clondalkin.
The attack, which occurred at 4am, is the third gang related killing in Dublin in less than a month.
Mr Kenny was shot through the door panel of the house, gardai said. A number of his family members were in the house at the time and were today being treated for trauma and shock.
None of them were hurt in the shooting.
Officers said the murder occurred soon after the fourman gang tried to break down the door of the terraced house.
Within seconds, a gunman opened fire through the door panel, striking the victim.
A large section of the street was today cordoned off by garda crime scene tape as local people huddled together in the chilly breeze to speak of their shock at the violent killing.
A local man said: “I was asleep in my bed when I heard shots. I heard bang, bang, bang and then there were really loud screeches from a car as it was driven away really, really fast.
“I didn’t think much about it and I fell back asleep. It was only when I woke up and saw the garda tape that I put two and two together.”
Local people said that the victim Liam Kenny was the father of three daughters, one of whom lives two doors away from the family home.
His wife Margaret works in a local shop, they said.
“He was a quiet man who kept to himself. He was small and stocky and was a nice man,” said a neighbour.
A local woman said: “This is really awful. It’s absolutely shocking.”
Sources say that Mr Kenny was known to gardai and officers are convinced that the murder was very well planned.
One line of enquiry is in relation to whether the murder is linked to an ongoing feud in the area. Mr Kenny's only criminal convictions are for relatively minor offences including drink driving, road traffic matters and assault.
He was in the hallway of the house when he was hit several times, before he was rushed to James Connolly Memorial Hospital in Blanchardstown where he was pronounced dead.
A car which was later found burnt out at The Steeples, Chapelizod is now being examined.
A silver-grey car was also seen leaving the scene. Sources say that there has been a number of violent incidents in the Shancastle area over the past few months and are examining if this morning's murder was linked to these incidents.
In April, major damage was caused to a house in nearby Shancastle Park when a device exploded in the porch of a house.
This explosion was linked to dissident Republican activity in the area. The murder – the third gangland killing in the capital in less than a month – is being investigated by gardai from Ronanstown.
The scene of the murder remained sealed off this morning as garda forensic experts carried out examinations.