Gardaí investigating if man shot in Dublin was murdered by his associates

Gardaí appeal for witnesses to shooting in Clondalkin on Friday

The scene of the fatal shooting on Friday at Foxdene, Clondalkin. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

The scene of the fatal shooting on Friday at Foxdene, Clondalkin. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

 

Gardaí investigating the fatal shooting of a man in Clondalkin, Co Dublin are trying to establish if the victim was murdered by his own associates as part of an internal dispute.

The man, aged 42, was understood to be a known associate of west Dublin and Kildare-based drugs gang leaders. He was shot dead outside his home on the Foxdene estate, on Friday afternoon.

His body was removed to the City Morgue where a post mortem examination is due to be carried out on Saturday.

Speaking to reporters outside Lucan Garda station on Friday evening, Supt Paul Dolan said gardaí discovered his body lying outside the front of his home on 51 Foxdene Avenue.

“This male had apparent gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene,” he said.

Supt Dolan said a Garda forensics team conducted an investigation at the site of the scene which remains ongoing.

He said at 2:15pm, gardaí received a second call in relation to a vehicle on fire at Buirg an Ri Glen.

“Gardaí arrived on the scene and found the car burnt out. This car is believed to be a Peugeot-type partner type van. Beside the vehicle gardaí recovered a firearm.”

Shortly afterward, at 2.30pm, gardaí received another call relating to another vehicle on fire at Park Rise in Lucan. Gardai discovered a silver Toyota car that was burnt out,” Supt Dolan said.

“We believe all three scenes are connected and they have been preserved by gardaí.”

Supt Dolan appealed to anyone who was at 51 Foxdene Avenue on Friday afternoon or in the days before to come forward with information. He also asked for anyone who saw the cars being burned out to come forward.

He appealed to anyone with dash cam footage who was in the locations where the incidents happened, to come forward.

“It’s a cold, callous crime to have been committed during the afternoon when a man was going about his business in a residential area,” he said. “It’s a cause of serious concern to An Garda Siochána and we have patrols close by and will be revisiting the patrols in the coming days to allay local concerns,” he said.