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Investigation into shooting of Tallaght teenager continues

Gardaí are forensically examining a vehicle believed to have been used in the shooting. However, they could not confirm speculation that two individuals have been linked to the incident.

Melanie McCarthy-McNamara
Melanie McCarthy-McNamara
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GARDAÍ ARE CONTINUING their investigation into the shooting dead of a teenager in a Tallaght suburb on Tuesday.

Melanie McCarthy-McNamara (16) was shot dead while sitting in the back of a parked Nissan Almera along with a number of other people on Brookview Way at around 10.35pm on Tuesday night.

They were in the car when another vehicle – a Hyundai Santa Fe SUV – passed by and shots were fired, hitting McCarthy at least once in the head.

Gardaí believe that the teenager may not have have been the intended victim of her shooter.

McCarthy-McNamara later died from her injuries in Tallaght Hospital.

A firearm has been recovered during the investigation into the shooting and gardaí said it was found near the vehicle suspected of being used in the shooting.

Gardaí confirmed the vehicle had not been set on fire and that a forensic investigation was taking place.

A garda press office spokesperson said they were not confirming speculation that two individuals had been linked to the shooting.

The shocking incident has been condemned by Justice Minister Alan Shatter, who said in a statement that “all violent deaths are shocking but the killing of a young person especially so”.

A“strong team” of Gardaí are working on the case, Chief Superintendent John Manley has said.

Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Tallaght Garda Station on 01 666 6000 or the Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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