A YOUNG father-of-one, who was an associate of a north Dublin drugs gang, was gunned down at his workplace yesterday afternoon in what is being investigated as a personal dispute.
The 34-year-old animal feed warehouse employee was killed when a lone masked gunman shot him several times in the torso and head at a Finglas industrial estate.
Named locally as Colm Owens, the worker at Cornstore in the Grove Industrial Estate was shot at least five times.
Mr Owens had no known convictions and had only begun working at the warehouse recently. However, he had appeared before the courts in relation to trafficking and public order offences. He was also a part-time taxi driver.
Two men arrived in a car around midday and one with a balaclava and dark clothes walked up to the young worker and shot him at least five times with a handgun in the chest area and head.
The gunman then made his escape in a silver Audi A4 with an ’08 registration. The vehicle sped from the industrial estate south and onto Jamestown Road and then onto the Finglas dual carriageway in the direction of the Clearwater Shopping Centre. While making a turn onto the Tolka Valley Road, the car collided with two other vehicles.
None of the other cars’ occupants are understood to have been seriously injured.
The killers then dumped the silver Audi at Carrigallen Road, before fleeing on foot in the direction of Finglas south.
Local superintendent Dave Dowling yesterday said gardaí had no reason to believe the father-of-one’s life was in danger prior to the fatal shooting. He appealed for witnesses. “It’s early stages of the investigation and we’ll examine all evidence.”
Witnesses who saw the getaway vehicle or anything suspicious are being asked to contact Finglas Garda Station on 01-6667500.
It is believed Mr Owens may have become close to a former partner of a local Finglas drugs gang leader who was himself gunned down and killed earlier this year.
Mr Owens was known to gardaí. An inquiry source said: “He wasn’t an innocent bystander. He was on the fringes of criminality and was known to the big hitters.”
Mr Owens, originally from Dublin city, had four brothers and one sister.
His own partner is understood to have died earlier this year after a long illness.
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