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Gun victim was shot for being 'too cocky'


Darren Kearns

Darren Kearns

Darren Kearns

Gardai believe a man shot dead in north Dublin during the week may have been targeted as a result of him becoming "too cocky" in his drug-money collection role for a gang.

Darren Kearns (33) was gunned down outside Cumiskey's pub on Blackhorse Avenue shortly before 5.30pm on Wednesday.

Kearns - who served time with David "Daithi" Douglas, who was shot in Cabra in November - is believed to have been collecting drug debts for a gang boss who is in jail for a vicious pub assault.

"It seems that the victim was either ripping off his own gang or trying to throw his weight around," a source said.

"These are the main motives being looked at by gardai."