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Dublin shooting: 'Close friend of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch' shot dead in Clondalkin

A man shot dead in west Dublin on Thursday evening is understood to be a close friend of Gerry 'The Monk' Hutch.

The shooting took place in St Ronan's Drive, Clondalkin at around 5.10pm

Gardai believe a lone gunman entered the driveway of the house and fired a number of shots fatally injuring the driver of a car.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. A female passenger in the car was not injured.

The gunman then left the scene and is believed to have escaped in a white Peugeot Partner Van with the registration number 10-CE-9834.

The small van was found burnt out a short distance away at the Neilstown Shopping Centre.

It is thought that the man, in his 50s, had been warned about a threat to his life in recent weeks.

Gino Kenny, a local TD in the area, said the shooting proved again that the gangland feud had "spiralled" out of control.

"This feud has spiraled out of control and into many areas of the city. The tentacles and violence of this feud really are out of control," he said.

"Someone is eventually going to have to say, down the line, that it has to stop because it's just leaving a  trail of misery across Dublin.

The shooting was "less than a minute's walk" from a local garda station he added.

Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses, particularly those people who were in the area prior to the incident and immediately after the shooting and who may have information to contact them at Lucan Garda Station 01- 6667300 or the Garda Confidential Line, 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.

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