Man killed in Dublin gun attack named as gardaí work to establish motive

Man killed in Dublin gun attack named as gardaí work to establish motive
Forensic investigators at the scene in Marigold Crescent in the Darndale, Dublin after a man was shot dead on Friday.(Brian Lawless/PA Wire)

Latest: A 39-year-old man who died after being shot in north Dublin this morning has been named as John Lawless.

Mr Lawless died after he was shot a number of times at 6.25am after leaving his home in Darndale, Coolock.

He had been walking along Marigold Crescent on his way to work.

Forensic investigators at the scene in Marigold Crescent in the Darndale, Dublin after a man was shot dead on Friday.(Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
Forensic investigators at the scene in Marigold Crescent in the Darndale, Dublin after a man was shot dead on Friday.(Brian Lawless/PA Wire)

He was critically injured and removed by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Shortly after the shooting, a silver Ford Focus car registration number 132-D was found partially burnt out at Greenwood Avenue off Blunden Drive, Coolock.

Gardaí believe that this car may have been used in the shooting and was stolen from the Santry area during a burglary on January 1.

They say a motive for the shooting has not been established as yet, and there is nothing to suggest that it has any connection with gangland crime or any major feud.

Mr Lawless was not known to gardaí for involvement in serious criminal activity.

The two scenes at Marigold Crescent and Greenwood Avenue have been examined by a team from the Garda Technical Bureau.

The Coroner and State Pathologist Offices have been informed and Mr Lawless' body has been taken to the Dublin City Mortuary.

A post mortem examination is currently taking place and is being performed by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

Gardaí are appealing for information from anybody who may have witnessed the shooting at Marigold Crescent, who may have observed the silver Ford Focus car prior to or after the shooting while travelling from the Darndale area across Malahide Road towards Blunden Drive and Greenwood Avenue,

They are also appealing to anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity of the Resource Centre in Darndale, Marigold Crescent or Greenwood Avenue, or a motorist who may have travelled the areas mentioned with dashcam footage to check the recordings.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01- 6664200; Garda Confidential Telephone line 1-800- 666-111 or any Garda Station.

Earlier: Man killed in Dublin gun attack not considered serious criminal by gardaí - sources

By Cormac O'Keeffe, Security Correspondent

The man fatally injured in this morning's gun attack in north Dublin was not considered a serious criminal, garda sources suggest.

The man, aged 39, was shot at a number of times outside a house on Marigold Crescent in Darndale at around 6.30am.

The deceased, who has been named locally, did not live outside the house where he was shot but was a resident of Darndale.

Ambulance staff were called and tried to save his life at the scene before removing him to Beaumont Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A Ford Focus car was found partially burned out on nearby Blunden Drive off the Malahide Road.

The two crimes scenes have been sealed off and are being technically examined.

Garda sources said the victim had “limited engagement” with gardaí and that his past convictions, including for drugs, were at a relatively low level.

Detectives stress the investigation is at a very early stage, but that they will examine if the deceased had any linkages to well-known criminals or feuds in the area.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the incident room at Coolock Garda Station on 01- 6664200, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

The murder comes almost a year since the fatal shooting of serious criminal Kenneth Finn at Moatview Gardens, Priorswood, a short walk from Marigold Crescent.

Finn, aged 36, died on February 27, 2018, three days after he was shot.

Finn, a senior lieutenant for a major north Dublin crime boss, is believed to have been killed by a notorious local criminal.

Forensic investigators at the scene in Marigold Crescent in the Darndale, Dublin after a man was shot dead on Friday.(Brian Lawless/PA Wire)
Forensic investigators at the scene in Marigold Crescent in the Darndale, Dublin after a man was shot dead on Friday.(Brian Lawless/PA Wire)

Labour Senator Aodhan O Riordain said that the latest shooting incident is a "wake-up call" for the Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan.

Mr O Riordain said: "This morning's shooting incident in Darndale shows once again that the Government is out of touch with the realities of life on the ground across the north side. This latest killing must receive the attention it deserves.

"Consistently I have raised through Seanad commencement debates the need for increased garda resources on the north side. Another life has now been lost.

"Sadly the Minister for Justice has refused to engage. Every debate results in the same answer - resources are a matter for the Garda Commissioner (Drew Harris).

"It is time to take on the escalating number of gun shootings by committing the resources to tackle this once and for all.

"Dismissing these incidents as being an operational matter for the gardai is insulting to the communities who need protection."

Man who was shot multiple times in Dublin has died

By Digital Desk staff

A man has died after he was shot in an early morning attack in Dublin.

The incident occurred at Marigold Crescent in the Darndale area at around 6.30am on Friday.

The man, thought to be aged in his 30s, was shot a number of times and taken to Beaumont Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The scene has been preserved for technical examination.

They can be contacted at Coolock Garda Station on 01- 6664200, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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