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Killer dressed as a woman blasts Irishman to death as he delivers birds to pigeon club


The scene of the shooting in Clonsilla

The scene of the shooting in Clonsilla

The scene of the shooting in Clonsilla

A man has been arrested after an incident in which a 36-year-old man was blasted to death by a killer disguised as a woman and another man was injured.

Keith Walker (36), died instantly when he was shot in the daylight gangland hit as he was delivering birds to a pigeon club on Shelerin Road, Blanchardstown.

It is understood that Mr Walker was an innocent victim of mistaken identity after he got out of a car linked to the intended target. Amid the mayhem, an innocent taxi driver was also shot twice in the arm.

A man, aged 32, has been arrested by investigating gardai in Blanchardstown. He was arrested in Meath earlier this morning and he is being detained at Blanchardstown Garda Station.

Several bystanders were lucky they weren't hit amid the heavy gun fire just after 6pm yesterday evening.

The killer, said to have been wearing a woman's wig, fired bullets from a high velocity weapon which may have been a machine pistol. He then fled the scene.

"It is a miracle that gardaí are not dealing with six murders because this fella was shooting indiscriminately," a senior source said last night.

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One local told how she heard the rapid gun fire.

"I was talking to a friend of mine when the Angelus bell (at the nearby church) was ringing.

"Just as the bells stopped, we heard a lot of shots. It sounded like a machine gun. And then there was total silence. We looked at each other and realised it was gunshots."

Another witness was passing on a bus and saw the massive Garda response.

"There were loads of garda cars. I looked down into the car park from the upper deck of the bus. There appeared to be the shape of a body under a sheet. It was so surreal," she said.

"Innocent people or children could have been hurt."

The dead man, from Clondalkin, was described last night as an innocent man who had no previous criminal convictions.

A notorious hitman who was a former senior member of the infamous Westies gang was the intended target. It is understood that Mr Walker had simply been doing him a favour by visiting the pigeon club.

The intended target previously had been savagely assaulted by slain Real IRA figure Alan Ryan's gang.

He is also the chief suspect for the gangland murder of Lithuanian crime boss Gintaras Zelvys (43) at a business park in Rathcoole in May 2013.

Gardaí in Blanchardstown are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have any information to contact them on 01 666 7000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.

Irish Independent

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