Gardaí fear killings will incite more violence

Gardaí probing back-to-back gangland murders fear further violence after it emerged that one of Ireland’s top crime bosses is the godfather to a child of the latest victim.

Gardaí fear killings will incite more violence

Jason Carroll, 39, was gunned down as he arrived at his house on Cherrywood Drive in Clondalkin at 10.30pm on Thursday. He has two children with his partner, as well as a stepson.

It emerged yesterday that the godfather to the couple’s younger child is Ireland’s number-one crime boss, who orchestrates an international trafficking operation from Spain. The son helps run the network and is a link with major Irish gangs who source their consignments from them.

Gardaí in west Dublin are concerned there will be further tit-for-tat shootings.

“With him as the godfather, the fear is the retaliation will be fast, swift and deadly,” said a Garda source.

Detectives suspect that the murder of Mr Carroll may be in revenge for the shooting dead of 21-year-old Dean Johnson in north Clondalkin last Saturday.

Gardaí have established both men were involved, on separate sides, in a violent row at The Square shopping centre in Tallaght on Friday, during which claw hammers and baseball bats were used. Detectives believe that Mr Johnson was shot dead on Greenfort Lawns in response.

They believe that whoever shot Carroll would have known he was closely connected with the foreign-based crime boss,” said a Garda source.

“It’s not credible they wouldn’t have known. It’s probably stupidity on their part or they simply don’t care.”

Gardaí said Mr Carroll usually arrived home at 11.30pm, but came back earlier on Thursday.

“It suggests there was a certain amount of planning and surveillance,” said a source. Mr Carroll was shot more than once, possibly with a sawn-off shot gun.

Mr Carroll, who had no previous serious convictions, ran a bread-delivery business with his brother.

The killing brings to 10 the number of gangland murders this year. However, senior gardaí fear there will be further bloodshed, given the close connection Mr Carroll has with such a powerful crime family.

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