Lucan shooting victim gunned down while family was in house

The burned out car in the Earlsfort estate. Pic: Colin Keegan

Gardaí say the victim of last night's shooting in Dublin was gunned down while his wife and children were in the house.

46-year-old James Talbot died in hospital after a gang of men burst into his home at Abbeywood Court in Lucan.

At around 10.30pm last night, a number of men forced their way into Mr Talbot's home and shot him several times in the chest.

He was rushed to Blanchardstown Hospital but lost his fight for life this morning.

Gardaí say his wife and four children were in the house at the time but it is not yet clear if they witnessed the attack.

Some neighbours heard shots being fired last night and this man says it was a terrifying experience:

A burned out Toyota Avensis believed to be used as the getaway car was found in a nearby estate shortly afterwards.

Inspector John Ferris says a gun was found inside.

Inspector Ferris said: "Our appeal is for anyone who was in the Abbeywood Court area between 10pm and 11pm last night, or anyone who was in the Earlsfort estate where this gunman left the car, to contact us."

Gardaí said Mr Talbot was known to them and served a significant jail term for a drugs offence in 1998.

A forensics team is combing through his house and a post mortem is also underway.

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