Latest: Victim of Cork shooting Aidan 'The Beast' O'Driscoll was targeted before

Update 8.34pm: The victim of today's fatal shooting in Blackpool, Cork, has been named as Aidan O'Driscoll - also known as 'The Beast'.

He was previously the victim of a punishment shooting by dissident republicans in the city in 2013.

In 2005, Aidan O'Driscoll was sentenced to three years in prison for membership of an illegal organisation styling itself Oglaigh na hEireann, otherwise the Irish Republican Army, otherwise the IRA on December 15, 2003.

Detective Superintendent Tony Quilter, Anglesea St, Cork, told the 2005 trial that O'Driscoll belonged to the group known as the Real IRA and was part of an active service unit of that organisation based in Cork city.

The Court of Criminal Appeal (CCA) later quashed his conviction in 2008.

Emergency services at the scene this evening. Pictures: Roisin Burke

Update 8.13pm: Gardaí investigating today’s fatal shooting in Blackpool, Cork have found two partially burnt-out vehicles.

They were found at Redemption Road, Blackpool and at Killeens, Co Cork.

These scenes have also been preserved for technical examination.

The man was pronounced dead after he was taken to Cork University Hospital. A post mortem is to be arranged.

No arrests have been made. Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information, particularly those who may have been in the vicinity of Old Commons Road or The Church of the Annunciation, Blackpool this afternoon between the hours of 3.30pm and 5.30pm to contact them at Mayfield Garda Station on 021 4558510, The Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

Update 7.22pm: The man who was shot in the Blackpool area of Cork city today has died, gardaí have confirmed.

It is thought that the man lived in the local area.

Earlier:

A man has been shot in Cork city.

Shortly before 5pm this evening, the man was approached by two others who were wearing balaclavas and who drove up in a car. The man was shot once, and twice more while he lay on the ground.

The man, who is understood to be 37 years old, has been removed from the scene on Old Commons Road by ambulance. He has been taken to Cork University Hospital.

Emergency services were on the scene shortly before 5pm to treat the man, and an ambulance carrying the victim left Blackpool at approximately 5.20pm.

Locals at the scene said the man works in the area and is originally from the northside of the city.

It is reported doctors are trying to save his life this evening.

The scene where the man was treated is at the Blackpool village end of Old Commons Road, a short distance from the Church of the Ascension and close to the entrance of the Orchard Court estate, the Irish Examiner's Niall Murray reports.

The road and nearby Brocklesby Street were closed off immediately after emergency services arrived. They remain closed and traffic is diverted to Watercourse Road and Thomas Davis Street.

Preliminary technical examination of the area is now getting underway.

No arrests have yet been made. Gardaí at Mayfield are appealing for any witnesses to contact them on 021 455 8510.


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