Two men shot dead within 12 hours

Two men shot dead within 12 hours

A man shot dead in Co Kildare has been named locally as Ned Hamilton.

The 33-year-old was the second man killed in a shooting in the space of just 12 hours.

Gardaí sealed off a house where the incident occurred in Kilmeague in Naas early this morning.

The victim was taken to Naas General Hospital with serious gunshot wounds where he was pronounced dead shortly after 6am.

Hours earlier, 35-year-old Christopher Warren was killed in Dublin.

He was a known criminal involved in burglary and had low-level links to crime and drugs gangs, believed to be factions from the Crumlin and Drimnagh areas.

Warren had been dropped at the emergency unit of St James’ Hospital at 7pm last night by a man in a car following the shooting.

In Kildare, local representatives said the community had been left reeling by the news of Mr Hamilton’s death.

It is understood the victim was originally from the Carbury area, about 10 miles away from Kilmeague.

Councillor Paddy Kennedy said it was not the sort of incident people were used to hearing about in the area.

“This kind of thing just doesn’t happen around here. It’s quite a sleepy place,” Mr Kennedy said.

“You hear about a shooting and you think drugs and gangs, but it’s a very quiet area and I wouldn’t think it had anything to do with that.”

It is understood the house where the shooting happened was not Mr Hamilton’s home.

Sources said a number of people were at the property in the early hours this morning and there may have been a domestic argument.

A Garda spokesman confirmed investigations were ongoing and no arrests had been made.

The scene has been cordoned off for a forensic examination and the state pathologist has been notified.

“We don’t know exactly what happened here,” Mr Kennedy said.

“But it is a terrible tragedy. For something like this to happen any time of the year is just awful, but just after Christmas and before the new year is particularly sad.”

Gardaí in Naas have appealed for witnesses and anyone with information to contact them.

Elsewhere, officers in Dublin arrested a man in his late 20s in connection with the murder of Christopher Warren.

The man is being held at Kevin Street Garda station under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007.

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