Convicted drug dealer among four shot in Dublin
Three women shot in legs while smoking outside 21st birthday were ‘innocent bystanders’
Gardaí at the scene of a multiple shooting, in which four people were injured, at Hanlon’s Corner, in north Dublin city today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
Garda forensic team members examine the scene at Hanlon’s Corner today. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
Garda forensic team members examine the area. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
Gardaí believe the intended target of a shooting in which four people were wounded, three of them women, is a well known drug dealer who has been investigated by a number of specialist Garda units in recent years.
Greg Lynch (28) is in critical condition after he was shot in the head while standing on the roadside at Hanlon’s Corner on the Old Cabra Rd in Dublin’s north inner city at 2.25am today.
The injured man had just come from a 21st birthday party and the three women he was with were also wounded.
The Irish Times understands the women suffered leg wounds and while their injuries are not life threatening the shooting of three people caught in the firing line of a gangland attack is unprecedented.
The women are aged 19, 23 and 33 years old and like Lynch are from the south inner city.
One local resident who heard the shots said the incident did not sound like a short indiscriminate burst of gun fire.
“You could hear a shot and then a few seconds and then another one,” said the witness.
“It sounded odd at the time, the shots were definitely spaced out rather than ‘bang, bang, bang’ one after the other like you’d expect. It seemed methodical.”
The scene of the shooting remains sealed off today and while gardaí expect the three wounded women to make a full recovery, it is uncertain if Lynch will survive his injuries.
“He has a chance, but he is definitely in a bad way,” said one informed source.
Gardaí had warned him several times that his life was in danger and he was known to wear a bullet proof vest as a precaution.
A convicted drug dealer, Lynch has been involved in the drugs trade since he was a teenager and is still an active drug dealer. He has been a target of a number of specialist Garda units including the Organised Crime Unit and the Garda National Drug Unit.
Gardaí believe he is closely associated to Christy Kinahan, a convicted drug dealer from Dublin who runs what security sources in the UK and Ireland believe is one of the biggest supply operations of drugs into the British and Irish markets from his base in southern Spain.
Gardaí believe this morning’s attack was very well planned and that Lynch had been under surveillance by those who shot him. Detectives also believe the attackers had accurate information on his movements and were waiting for him.
While the probe into the shooting is still at an early stage, Garda believe the gunman was on foot when he opened fire on Lynch, wounding him in the head and jaw outside the well known Hanlon’s Public House.