Gardaí search for weapon used in latest gun killing

Gardaí say nothing suggests a link to Dublin's gangland feud

Gardaí are scouring countryside on the outskirts of Dublin for the weapon used in the latest gun killing to hit the city.

A man in his 30s was discovered dead at the side of a narrow road south of Tallaght with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body.

His death is not being linked to the Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud that has claimed seven lives in recent months but detectives do believe the victim was deliberately targeted and murdered at the secluded spot with no effort to conceal the crime.

A man and woman, both in their mid-20s, were arrested yesterday evening and were last night being held under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act at Tallaght and Rathfarnham garda stations.

The victim was identified yesterday afternoon but gardaí did not release his name as some family members had yet to be informed.

The man’s body was spotted at Hills Lane, Crooksling, Co Dublin, at 9am yesterday by a member of the public who thought he was the victim of a hit and run.

Superintendent Peter Duff of Tallaght said it appeared the victim had sustained a number of gunshot wounds. A full postmortem is to be carried out at Tallaght Hospital this morning.

Supt Duff said: “We have recovered a number of bullet cases from the ground. They’re currently undergoing forensic examination.

“There’s nothing at this stage to indicate it is connected to the recent killings in other parts of the city.”

The latest shooting comes as this year shapes up to be one of the worst on record for gun killings with nine people shot dead since February.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny is due to show his support for the worst affected community, the north inner city, by visiting residents and local activists this week.

Supt Duff appealed for the public’s help with the latest investigation, asking anyone who saw anything suspicious or heard gunshots in the area to come foward.

The area is only 5km from Tallaght, just off the N81 between Tallgaht and Blessington in Co Wicklow, but it is quite rural in nature with a scattering of detached houses surrounded by farmland where locals may not have considered the sound of gunshot unusual.

Much of the area remained sealed off last night as gardaí searched the roadside and fields and conducted house to house inquiries.


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