Murder probe launched after man dies in hit-and-run
A murder inquiry has been launched into the hit-and-run death of a father-of-three in Dublin.
Stephen Lynch, 32, was struck by a car in Brookview Close in Tallaght at around 7pm on Thursday evening.
It is believed an argument involving a group of men had taken place beforehand.
Gardai are investigating whether he was deliberately run over as a result of a row on the street.
Superintendent Peter Duff said: "It is early in the investigation, we are still trying to determine the exact circumstances that led to the incident happening here in Brookview Close.
"It is too early to give a definitive answer."
However, a Garda source confirmed the hit-and-run case has been upgraded to a full scale murder inquiry.
A number of men are being sought and two cars thought to be involved in the incident are central to the investigation.
Gardai have appealed for information on the movements of a silver Ford Focus hatchback, registration plate 10-WW-1812, and a wine-coloured Volkswagen Polo, registration 01-D-9539.
The Ford Focus was discovered at the scene of the murder, while the Volkswagen Polo was found abandoned in Crumlin.
It is thought a number of people left the scene in the Volkswagen.
"Mr Lynch was on the road, and there was a collision or an impact with a vehicle," said Supt Duff.
"As a result of the impact, he died and the circumstances surrounding that are what we're investigating at the moment."
He added: "Again, if anyone saw any altercation, we're appealing to them to come forward to us."
Mr Lynch lived near the scene.