Two young men shot dead in Dublin were well-known to each other
Two young men shot dead in the space of 17 hours in north Dublin were well-known to one another.
Detectives have launched separate murder investigations following the escalation in gun violence in the capital.
Last night Sean Little (22) was shot dead and his body discovered at Rowans Little. Balbriggan.
Shortly before 4pm this afternoon- less than 17 hours after that murder- another young man was shot dead outside a primary school in Darndale.
The murder is a young man in his 20s from the area, and was shot dead in a targeted attack shortly before 4pm.
Both this victim and Sean Little were well-known to each other, and detectives are now investigating if the two killings are directly linked.
Several garda units are at the scene and senior investigators have also attended the scene along with a helicopter.
The victim's body was still at the scene this evening.
Plain clothed officers have also been inspecting an area beside the school yard.
Gardai say they are appealing for witnesses in relation to the shooting at a laneway adjacent to Our Lady Immaculate National School, Darndale.
"An incident room has been established at Coolock Garda Station. We are appealing for anyone who was in the area shortly before 4pm to contact Gardaí in Coolock Garda Station on 01 666 4200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station," a spokesman said.
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has appealed for anyone with information on the recent shootings to come forward.
"I utterly condemn any violent loss of life and I am extremely concerned about the three shooting incidents that took place in Balbriggan, Mulhuddart and Darndale in the past 24 hours," Mr Flanagan said.
"An Garda Síochána are now conducting full enquiries into the circumstances surrounding these incidents and I would appeal to anyone who has information which could help to please come forward to them as soon as possible," he added.
Fianna Fáil justice spokesman Jim O'Callaghan said the spate of shootings highlight how brazen the perpetrators have become.
“The prevalence of gun related violence has continued to intensify, and it is essential that all possible resources are provided to protect the public," he said.
"This afternoon’s shooting took place near a national school and both staff and pupils are likely to have only made their way home in the hour or so before hand. That is a terrifying precedent.
“To witness a shooting or hear about one occurring is not normal. We can never accept gun crime as an aspect of everyday life. No child or young person growing up in any community should be led to believe that firing a gun is reasonable," he added.