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Bullets ‘endangered children as man shot dead at caravan park’

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene in Co Louth.

The incident happened at Ashling Holiday Park in the picturesque seaside village of Clogherhead (Niall Carson/PA)
The incident happened at Ashling Holiday Park in the picturesque seaside village of Clogherhead (Niall Carson/PA)

By Michael McHugh, PA

Bullets ricocheted around a busy caravan park as a man aged in his thirties was shot dead in Co Louth.

Children were eating ice cream nearby when the killer opened fire at Ashling Holiday Park in the picturesque seaside village of Clogherhead, a local councillor said.

The feud-related attack on Tuesday afternoon killed a married man believed to be from the Drogheda area.

He was pronounced dead at the scene, which has been preserved for a technical examination.

It is a busy area, bullets ricocheting about the front of the shop could have hit an innocent (bystander) Sinn Fein councillor Tom Cunningham

Sinn Fein councillor Tom Cunningham said: “The residents are shocked and appalled that something like this should happen in a picturesque fishing village, a quiet town.

“For something like this to take place in the middle of the day, at a busy caravan park, with a lot of young children having ice creams.

“It is a busy area, bullets ricocheting about the front of the shop could have hit an innocent (bystander).”

The killing is being treated by gardai as feud-related.

The shooting happened at around 2.50pm on Tuesday at the park on the Clogherhead to Termonfeckin road.

The victim was reportedly outside a mobile home when the attack happened and it is suggested the shots were fired from a passing car.

An incident room has been established at Drogheda Garda station.

Gardai are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, particularly anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the Clogherhead area earlier.

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