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Drimnagh shooting victim found dead in front garden

The shooting occurred just before 3pm today on the Cooley Road.

Cooley Road file photo
Cooley Road file photo
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Updated 9.55pm

GARDAÍ HAVE ISSUED an appeal for witnesses and information following a fatal shooting in Dublin this afternoon.

At about 2.55pm, emergency services received a 999 call about the incident which occurred on the Cooley Road in Drimnagh.

The victim, a 39-year-old male, was reportedly sitting in a parked car when he received multiple gunshot wounds.

His body was discovered in the front garden of a house. He was pronounced dead at the scene. A post-mortem has been scheduled for tomorrow.

According to sources, another car approached his vehicle and he was shot a number of times. He scrambled out of the car but was shot again.

Shortly after the shooting, gardaí received reports of a Nissan Qashqai on fire at Benmadigan Road, a short distance away from the crime scene. Both scenes have been preserved for technical examinations.

Gardaí have not released the deceased’s name as all relatives have still to be informed. A family liaison officer has been appointed and will be communicating with the family.

The Sunday World reports that the victim was cleared of murder in a high-profile case last year.

RTÉ News says he was “well-known” to gardaí for his involvement in organised crime and that he was a senior figure in a drugs gang.

An incident room has been set up at Sundrive Road station to investigate all circumstances of the killing.

Anyone who was in the Cooley Road area between 2.30pm and 3.30pm today is asked to contact them on 01 666 6600 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Anyone who may have seen the Nissan Qashqui drive into Benmadigan Road where it was then set on fire is also asked to contact detectives.

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