The heartbroken partner of gangland murder victim Vinny Ryan was covered in his blood as she cradled him in her arms just moments after he was shot, the Herald can reveal.
There were extremely distressing scenes as a distraught Kelly Smyth hugged her beloved partner in the car in which he had been riddled with bullets just seconds earlier.
She was then comforted at the scene by gardai who had rushed to McKee Road in Finglas after Ryan was shot as he sat in a white VW Golf.
"It was an appalling scene of grief," a senior source told the Herald.
Gardai believe that Kelly and the couple's five-week-old baby could have been "easily hit as well" if they had been in the car when the gunman approached and fired over a dozen shots from an automatic pistol into the vehicle.
Luckily for Ms Smyth and the couple's baby, they had not left her relative's house when the brutal murder occurred.
Ms Smyth had previously witnessed Vinny being savagely stabbed in the face last October when she was heavily pregnant with their child.
Meanwhile it has emerged that gardai have not located the handgun which was used by the two-man hit team.
After the brutal killing, the pair travelled all the way from Finglas to the Victoria Bridge area on the Naas to Rathangan road in Co Kildare where they burnt out the grey getaway VW Golf car used in the murder.
Sources say gardai are "hopeful" of being able to identify the killers CCTV along the M50 on what was a very long route taken by the hitmen.
Officers are also examining whether the getaway car was driven to the rural location in Co Kildare in an attempt to "throw gardai off the scent" in relation to who was behind the murder.
A full examination of the car Ryan was shot in has not taken place and it has not yet been established whether a tracking device had been placed in the vehicle. Yesterday, it emerged that the white 07 WW reg Volkswagen Golf GTI which Vinny was shot in was registered to a company linked to the Kinahan crime cartel.
The car was bought by Ryan some weeks ago but was still registered to the south Dublin company which has links to the Kinahan gang.
The vehicle is registered to a company half-owned by a man who was a close associate of David Byrne, the victim of the Regency Hotel gun attack.
Gardai have not yet made any arrests or carried out any raids in their investigation into Vinny Ryan's murder but the chief suspects for carrying out the hit are the gang linked to Coolock crimelord 'Mr Big.'
Specialist gardai were last night still examining a car used by 'Mr Big' which was seized at a north Dublin hotel on Monday night but it is not believed that this vehicle was used in the murder.
His mob are suspected of being behind the murder of Vinny's brother Alan Ryan (32) in September, 2012, and since then Vinny has been involved in a long running dispute with 'Mr Big' and his associates.