A MURDER investigation was launched last night following the death of a teenager after he was shot in a gangland attack.
The 19-year-old victim, Paul McCarthy, appeared in court last week and was due to appear again on drugs and gun charges.
He was attacked in front of his family at their home in Dublin yesterday afternoon.
Detectives are examining if the shooting is connected to his impending prosecution and whether drug bosses may have wanted him dead.
He was shot in the head at the family home in Myra Close in the south inner city at about 3pm, in what is the fourth gangland attack this year.
The garda prosecution is being severely hampered by a lack of cooperation from witnesses to the attack.
Detectives suspect two gunmen may have been involved. A firearm has been recovered and gardaí believe it is the murder weapon.
However gardaí have been unable to issue any descriptions of the gunmen or details of their possible escape route.
Myra Close is a local authority cul-de-sac, just off Emmet Road, in Inchicore. The street backs onto St Patrick’s Athletic ground, which provides another possible escape route on foot.
The immediate area does not have CCTV cameras, unless the attackers fled up through St Michael’s Estate, which does have some coverage.
Myra Close is a couple of minutes walk from where another 19-year-old, David Byrne, was stabbed to death in a gang attack last March.
The latest victim was initially taken to nearby St James’s Hospital, but was transferred to the specialist head injury unit in Beaumont Hospital. He was put on life support there, while doctors attempted to save his life but died last night.
Garda sources said the victim, while known to them, is not a major criminal figure.
But one key line of inquiry for detectives is his impending prosecution for a drugs and firearms offence.
He was charged with possession with intent to supply of cocaine, valued in the region of €20,000, and possession of a loaded handgun, in Inchicore last February.
Detectives will now examine other individuals linked to this haul.
The scene of the shooting was sealed off pending an investigation.
Anyone with information about the shooting or who saw any suspicious activity in the area is asked to contact Kilmainham Garda station on (01) 6669700 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666111.
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