Gardaí launch murder inquiry as Mayo shooting victim named locally

Gardaí launch murder inquiry as Mayo shooting victim named locally
Gardaí at the scene of the Castlebar shooting last night. Pic: Keith Heneghan.

A murder probe has been launched after a 26-year-old was shot dead.

The victim, named locally as Owen Maughan, was shot a number of times in the back at a service station at Moneen in Castlebar, Co Mayo, yesterday afternoon.

He was taken to Mayo General Hospital where he died.

Deputy state pathologist Michael Curtis will carry out a post-mortem examination at the hospital later today.

The gun attack is believed to be linked to a Traveller feud with another family and similar gun attacks in the area.

Mr Maughan is the third member of his family to be shot. His younger brother was injured in a drive-by attack at the same service station in January but has since made a full recovery.

Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to come forward.


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