Gunman fired five shots at victim, inquest hears

A gunman fired five shots at a man standing at a busy roundabout outside a shopping centre in Tallaght, an inquest heard.
Gunman fired five shots at victim, inquest hears

Karl Wynne, 45, of Russell Avenue, Tallaght, Dublin 24, died on July 19, 2013, two months after he was shot. He sustained gunshot wounds to the head, neck and abdomen after he was shot by a pillion passenger on a motorbike. The gunman dismounted the motorbike and stood over the man lying on the footpath to fire two more shots from a semi-automatic pistol, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.

Mr Wynne, a father of one, had left his partner Lorraine Lynch and their son to meet someone on May 30, 2013. Ms Lynch, who broke down in tears as she entered the witness box, said he talked on the phone with someone she felt he knew before leaving.

James Reid saw the shooting in his rear view mirror as he passed St Dominic’s Shopping Centre in Tallaght.

“I saw a black motorbike with two men. The driver was crouched down and didn’t move. The second guy had his arm out, pointed at a man standing on the footpath. I heard two shots.”

Ballistics specialist Detective Garda Seamus O’Donnell found five shots had been discharged from a semi-automatic pistol. Neither the weapon nor the motorbike have been recovered, Det Insp John Walsh told the court. The file remains open, Det Insp Walsh said.

The cause of death was bronchial pneumonia due to gunshot wounds to the head and neck with gunshot wounds to the abdomen as a contributory factor.

The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing by persons unknown.

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