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Man dies in Dublin city centre 'mistaken identity' shooting


The scene of a shooting in Dublin on Thursday

The scene of a shooting in Dublin on Thursday

The scene of a shooting in Dublin on Thursday

A man has died after he was shoot in Dublin city centre on Thursday.

The shooting occurred at approximately 12.20pm outside Noctor's pub on Sheriff Street in Dublin 1.

It's understood six shots were fired at the man, who is not believed to be the intended victim of the shooting.

The man, who is believed to be in his 20s, was rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital by ambulance at 12.45pm.

He was pronounced dead in hospital.

Gardai have sealed off the scene on Sheriff Street as officers conduct their investigation into Ireland's latest gangland shooting.

Gardai remain at the scene and a helicopter has been deployed in the area.

The intended target, who escaped injury, is well known to gardai. He previously received a lengthy sentence for a cash-in-transit raid.

He is a close associate of Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch - the nephew of Gerry 'The Monk'  Hutch - and has been accused by rivals of being involved in the Regency Hotel shooting.

David Byrne (33) was shot and killed when gunmen disguised as gardai and carrying AK47s stormed the Regency Hotel during a boxing weigh-in in February.

Taxi driver Eddie Hutch (59) Snr was shot in retaliation at his flat in the North Strand area of Dublin just three days later in retaliation.

Gerry Hutch's close pal - cigarette smuggler Noel 'Kingsize' Duggan - was shot dead  last month. His death has also been linked to the ongoing feud.

The first victim of the bloody war was Gary Hutch (34) who was gunned down after he was lured to a meeting with rivals in Marbella, Spain last September.

An office worker in the area told Liveline that a colleague of his thought she “heard gunfire just before 12.30pm today".

“Just before we realised that there was a shooting – a kid of about three or four years of age came down the street on a balance bike.”

He said the shooting took place close to a youth club on Sheriff Street.

“There’s kids around all day long. There’s a lot of people around all the time," he told

“It’s a horrible situation for the people who live in the area and the people who work here."

Source Irish Independent

Irish Independent