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Gardaí appeal for witnesses to Tallaght shooting

35-year-old Alan O’Neill was shot dead on the Kiltalown Road last night. Two men have been arrested.
May 28th 2015, 6:40 PM 38,479 13

Updated at 18.40

THE MAN SHOT dead in Tallaght last night has been named as 35-year-old Alan O’Neill.

The incident happened at Kiltalown Road at around 10:35 pm.

O’Neill was treated at the scene but died after being transferred to Tallaght hospital. It’s understood he was not known to gardaí.

90382210 The scene of the shooting in Tallaght this morning. Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland

Speaking at a press conference at Tallaght Garda Station this afternoon, gardaí said that O’Neill was set upon after getting out of his car and shot several times.

Gardaí on patrol at the time were called to the area after a report of a Nissan Almera acting suspiciously.

As they approached two men ran towards the Almera from another car that had just been set alight.

The two men, aged 18 and 28, were arrested while another man at the scene escaped. They are being held at Tallaght Garda Station

Gardaí are running door to door enquiries but say they can’t comment on whether or not the killing is gangland related at this time. They have appealed for any witnesses to the incident to come forward.

90382223 Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland

Locals interviewed by RTE News said that O’Neill was a “lovely chap”.

“It’s crazy that this has happened,” said one woman, while another man added: “he was lovely, a very nice fella. It’s so sad.”

The scene of the shooting and the burnt out car have been preserved for a technical examination.

A post mortem was due to be held today.

90382218 Source: Sam Boal via Photocall Ireland

Gardai in Tallaght are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them in Tallaght on 01 6666000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

With additional reporting by Cianan Brennan

Originally published at 7.52 am

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