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20-year-old man shot dead in Dublin gangland attack

Published 18/06/2009

Gardai are trying to establish a motive for the murder of a 20-year-old man in a gangland-style shooting in north Dublin last night.

The man was shot dead outside his home at the Grove Lane halting site near Darndale at around 7.30pm.

He was talking with another man when a car pulled up and one of the occupants opened fire on.

He tried to flee, but was shot a number of times in the head and upper body and died a short time later at Beaumont Hospital.

A car believed to have been used by the gunman was found abandoned around a kilometre from the murder scene in Balgriffin.

The victim, who has been named locally as Thomas Joyce, was reportedly one of the youngest criminals ever targeted by the Criminal Assets Bureau.

Reports this morning say the High Court heard in January that he was part of a major cocaine gang in Coolock.

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