Belfast Telegraph

Shooting victim 'tried to flee'

One of two men murdered in a gangland shooting spree at a quiet suburban housing estate was trying to flee his killers when he died, investigators have said.

Up to three gunmen opened fire on four men inside a mid-terrace house in Rochford Avenue, Kilcock, Co Kildare shortly after 10pm on Tuesday.

It is believed the intended target was Andy Barry, 31, originally from Tallaght, south Dublin, a close associate of a well-known crime boss who also lives in Co Kildare.

Superintendent John Gilligan said inquiries were at an early stage but suggested not all of the men may have been the original targets of the attackers.

"Whether the gunmen knew they were going to find four people in the house or not is subject to investigation," he said.

"But certainly the people who came to the house were determined to shoot at least one person, if not more, at the time."

Another 31-year-old man, from Eastern Europe, was found dead in a neighbour's back garden, after apparently trying to escape the bloodshed by climbing over a fence.

Barry was discovered dead inside the house by emergency services alerted to the scene through a 999 call.

Two other men, another Irishman in his early 30s and a second Eastern European aged 25, were also seriously wounded in the attack.

But their injuries are not thought to be life-threatening. Both have been initially questioned but will face full interviews after they have been medically treated.


From Belfast Telegraph