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Two guns found by gardaí investigating west Dublin gangland killing

One of the guns was located in Collinstown Park, close to the scene of the shooting.

Investigations at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday.
Investigations at the scene of the shooting on Tuesday.
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GARDAÍ INVESTIGATING MONDAY night’s fatal shooting in west Dublin have found two guns in relation to his murder.

One firearm was located in Collinstown Park in Ronanstown, close to the scene of the shooting at Wheatfields Avenue. The second one was located after gardaí carried out a forensic examination of a vehicle which was discovered burned out in Leixlip last night.

36-year-old Darragh Nugent was killed in the attack, which happened at around 9.40pm on Monday.

Gardaí said at least one attacker kicked in the door of the victim’s home and that the confrontation continued out onto the street, where Nugent was shot a number of times. A large saloon car then sped away from the scene.

Investigating officers believe there were two or three perpetrators in the area from around 9pm on the evening of the attack.

Officers carrying out follow-up investigations located a gun at Collinstown Park, just a few dozen metres from the scene.

Although sources believe Nugent was killed as part of a local feud, gardaí said on Tuesday that they were unaware of any threats on his life, and that they weren’t aware of a possible motive.

The shooting is not linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.

Earlier today Superintendent Dermot Mann said gardaí have had an excellent response to their appeal for information.

He said: “Last night gardaí responded to a call of a car on fire at Woodside, Newtown, Leixlip, which was the car used in the murder of Darragh Nugent. It has been established the registration number of the car was 02 MH 7025, a black BMW 3 series. During the technical examination of the car a firearm was located.”

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