Hutch associate may have been target of Dublin shooting

Gardaí believe man (24) was killed on Sheriff Street as a result of mistaken identity

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting in Dublin’s Sheriff Street. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Gardaí at the scene of a fatal shooting in Dublin’s Sheriff Street. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

 

Gardaí believe the intended target of a botched gun attack is a criminal closely associated with murdered gang figure Gary Hutch.

Another man was shot dead, apparently in a case of mistaken identity, early Thursday afternoon on Sheriff Street, Dublin, is a 24-year-old from Dublin 7.

He was named locally as Martin O’Rourke, from George’s Hill.

The victim may have been buying drugs when the killer struck. Up to six shots were fired before the killer escaped by bicycle.

The victim was hit in the head. He died later in the Mater hospital.

He was standing outside Noctor’s pub when the killer arrived and he tried to run when he saw the gun.

This decision may have convinced the gunman he had the right target.

Dublin shooting

Video footage of the immediate aftermath of the murder was recorded by a passerby and posted online, including images of ambulance workers trying to save the man’s life.

The killer abandoned the bicycle at the lower end of Sheriff Street Lower before exiting on to Seville Place – the road that runs from the Five Lamps to the Samuel Beckett Bridge.

Gardaí said the gun believed to have been used was found in the vicinity .

The killer’s intended target is a gangland criminal in his early 30s who lives locally.

He has 50 convictions and served six years for a conspiracy to carry out an armed robbery.

He joined with the late Gary Hutch (34) in one crime, though it was botched.

Hutch was killed in Spain last September by the Kinahan gang – which sparked the current feud that has now claimed five lives.

Not a criminal

He was not a criminal figure so he was not recognised by gardaí on the scene.

He had previously come to the attention of the authorities as a “rough sleeper”, having been homeless for a period.

If it is confirmed he was killed by mistake, his death will bring to four the number of people the Kinahan side of the feud has murdered since last September.

During that time Hutch’s associates have killed one person: father-of-one David Byrne (33), Crumlin, in the gun attack at the Regency Hotel, Drumcondra, in February.