GARDAÍ IN PORTARLINGTON are appealing for witnesses as part of their investigation into the murder of 27-year-old local man Gerard Eglington.
The victim was shot at the Kilnacourt Woods housing estate at about 8.30am today. He was taken to Tullamore General Hospital with serious injuries and was later pronounced dead.
Detectives have called on anyone who may have seen unusual or suspicious activity in the area between 7.30am and 8.30am this morning – or in the past number of days – to come forward.
They have also asked for information about a dark blue Mazda 6 which was seen leave the estate at speed shortly after the incident. The car was discovered burnt out on Lea Road, about 1km from the scene.
Both sites have been preserved for technical examinations and the post mortem is ongoing.
Witnesses or anyone who could provide assistance is asked to call the local station on 057 8636774 of the confidential line on 1 800 666 111.
Eglington, a convicted criminal, lived in the house with his partner and children. He had served time as a teenager after two gardaí died in a crash he was involved in.