Gardaí are hoping CCTV footage and forensic tests on a handgun will assist them in identifying the culprits behind the latest gangland murder in Dublin.
David ‘Daithí’ Douglas, aged 53, was shot up to four times at close range on Bridgefoot St, in Dublin’s south inner city, at 4.15pm yesterday.
Douglas, from Cabra in the north inner city and the father of a teenage daughter, was brought to nearby St James’s Hospital but died a short time after.
He had multiple convictions for serious crime, including attempted murder of a garda, armed robbery, and drug trafficking.
He was standing at the door of a local shop, which sells children’s shoes and toys, when he was shot. The shop, Shoetown, is also next door to a youth project.
Superintendent Patrick McMenamin of Kevin Street Garda Station they had so far established that at least two men, described as tall and thin, were involved, one as the gunman and the second as the driver of a getaway car.
A handgun was recovered at the scene and the car was found burned out nearby. The Mercedes, registration 161 D 26702, was stolen on the Navan Road on June 23. Supt McMenamin asked anyone who saw the car in last week to contact them.
Gardaí are harvesting CCTV along Bridgefoot St, Thomas St, and Frances St. Supt McMenamin urged witnesses to come forward. He said it was “too early” to identify any motive and said all lines would be examined. He said the deceased did not work at the shop.
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