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Dublin murder may have been case of mistaken identity

By Ed Carty

Published 15/04/2016

Police at the scene of the murder in Dublin
Police at the scene of the murder in Dublin

A man shot dead outside an Irish pub may have been caught in the crossfire of a botched gangland assassination attempt.

The victim was gunned down on Lower Sheriff Street in Dublin's north inner city as a lone gunman on a black bicycle opened fire.

Witnesses said they believed drug dealing was taking place outside Noctor's bar when the intended target, a convicted armed robber who lives locally, was alerted to the killer.

Locals reported a crowd scattered across the junction of Oriel Street as the gunman fired around six shots.

The dead man was hit as he attempted to flee behind the suspected target.

Gardai said the shooting -widely believed to be the fifth murder in a bitter feud between the Hutch and Kinahan families and their associates - took place at 12.25pm. It happened less than 100 yards from a community and childcare centre.

Geraldine Comerford, manager at the North Wall Community Development Project (CDP), said: "It's really tragic. It was obviously very, very bad, but it could have been worse.

"There's a young life lost for whatever reason and by all accounts it seems to be mistaken identity, but the reality is that if it is that, then the killers came looking for somebody else. It hasn't ended, and then the question is, is it just beginning again?"

Locals reported that the intended target, who has links to members of the Hutch family, was pushed out of the way by a male accomplice as the gunman approached.

Streets around the crime scene were closed for several hours for technical examinations while a blue forensic tent was erected where the dead man fell.

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