Man in his 50s dies after Ballyfermot shooting

A burned out Ford Fiesta was found nearby on Le Fanu Drive. Image: Collins.
A burned out Ford Fiesta was found nearby on Le Fanu Drive. Image: Collins.

Updated: 20.21

A man in his 50s has died following a shooting in Dublin.

Gardaí were called to the scene in the Croftwood Park area of Ballyfermot at about 11am.

The man was shot a number of times after opening the door to the gunman.

It is understood the man lived in England. His mother lived in the house where he was shot and he had only been home for a short time.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, which is currently being preserved for technical examination.

According to The Irish Times, gardaí are investigating if the man was killed in a case of mistaken identity.

The victim was not known to gardaí and is not thought to have been involved in gangland crime either here or in the UK. However, at least one person close to him is believed to be involved with a local criminal gang whose leader has been a target of the Criminal Assets Bureau in recent years.

Gardaí have also found a car they believe may be linked to the shooting which was burned out a few 100 metres from the scene of the shooting.

A blue Ford Fiesta was set on fire on Le Fanu Drive and gardaí believe the suspect then walked to Killeen Road where he got into a silver Skoda Octavia. The Octavia was found burnt out in Monksfield Walk.

Gardaí are still trying to establish a motive and stress that investigations are at an extremely early stage.

Speaking at a press briefing, Superintendent Tony Twomey said: "They may have abandoned the car [Skoda Octavia] on Monksfield Walk and left the area on foot. We have no further information on direction of travel after that location."

Local reaction

Responding to the killing, Sinn Féin councillor Daithi Doolan said: “It is an attack on the family and the whole community.

“This community has witnessed too much gun violence but it will not be distracted or undermined.”

He said local people had been working to improve the community, and that gardaí needed to properly resource their murder investigation.

“We will not allow anybody to distract from this,” he said.

“This is the first serious challenge to the Government and this Government needs to put its shoulder to the wheel to work with us and make sure that we put an end to this criminal economy.”

Local Independent councillor Vincent Jackson said many residents are no longer shocked to hear someone has been shot dead in their area.

"Unfortunately it becomes a common feature in our society and then the shock factor is no longer there. Many years ago if there was such a thing as a murder in our area, everyone would be shocked.

"I suppose we've all become sanitised to one degree, but we can never become sanitised to murder.

"I really would impress upon people that if they know anything or saw anything to bring that information confidentially to the guards," he said.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information, particularly those in the area between 10.30am and 11.30am, to contact Ballyfermot Garda station on 01 666 7200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Additional reporting: Press Association

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