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Gardaí launch murder investigation after fatal shooting on North Circular Road

It’s believed Gary O’Brien died after he was shot in the head.

Image: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ie

Updated 3.32pm

GARDAÍ HAVE UPGRADED their investigation into the death of Gary O’Brien in Dublin on Sunday night.

Speaking at a press briefing this afternoon, Superintendent Ann Markey confirmed the probe has now become one of suspected murder.

The victim, who was in his early 50s and originally from Finglas, sustained a gunshot wound to the forehead at a flat on the North Circular Road at about 8.30pm.

No weapon has yet been recovered and Superintendent Markey appealed to locals or anyone passing through the area on the night of the murder to contact gardaí with any information they had.

“If they have seen anything suspicious or any activity they found unusual between the hours of 8pm on the 19th, that’s Sunday night, and 6am on Monday morning.”

Anybody acting suspiciously, anybody entering or exiting gardens  any mobiles, anybody that they feel that’s suspicious during that time.

“There may be evidence that has been discarded or disposed of in the vicinity,” she told reporters today.

Markey described the victim as being “well-known in the area” as he had lived there for more than seven years. He was a father to one son and had a number of grandchildren. The superintendent said the man had limited mobility.

Two people, a man in his mid 30s and a woman in her late 30s, have been arrested over the fatal shooting. They were arrested late last night and early this morning and are still being held for questioning.

The two are being detained at separate stations in Dublin city under section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act and can be held for up to seven days.

With reporting by Michelle Hennessy

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