Victim was shot at four times

Gardaí believe the gunman behind the gangland murder of Alan O’Neill shot him three times outside his house and then chased him to the front door and fired a fourth shot as the 35-year-old entered the hallway.

Officers believe the shooter narrowly escaped being caught minutes later when two of his accomplices were arrested by gardaí at the location where they had set fire to a getaway car.

The attack on Mr O’Neill happened after he stepped out from his home on Kiltalown Rd, Jobstown, Tallaght, west Dublin, at around 10.30pm on Wednesday.

He was shot three times but managed to run back to the house and open the front door. But the gunman followed him and shot him a fourth time just inside the doorway.

It is understood his partner, who he was living with, heard the shots and found his body.

Garda sources said the victim was not known to them as a criminal and had no convictions. They said he may have been a drug user and will investigate if he owed anyone money.

The gunman and an accomplice fled in a waiting car. That vehicle — a Mazda people carrier — was abandoned at Belfry Square in nearby Citywest.

A Garda spokesman said gardaí in Tallaght received a call at around 10.35pm that a man had been shot on Kiltalown Rd.

The spokesman said that when Garda units arrived at the scene the man was seriously injured.

“He was treated at the scene by Dublin Fire Brigade and was transferred to Tallaght Hospital where he was later pronounced dead,” said a spokesman.

Gardaí received a second call in relation to a car acting suspiciously in Belfy Square. When they arrived they noticed a car being set of fire. They arrested two men at the scene. A third, the suspected gunman, managed to escape.

The two, aged 18 and 28, one from Tallaght and the other from Clondalkin, were taken to Tallaght Garda Station. Gardaí suspect one was a driver of the initial getaway car, while the second man may have been the driver for the second getaway vehicle.

They were detained under section 30 of the Offences Against the State Act.

Those with information can contact gardaí on 01 6666000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any station.

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