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Monday 26 September 2016

Feud criminal is suspect for horror gun attack

Garda forensics examine the scene of the shooting in Dun Emer estate Lusk on Tuesday Picture: Collins
Garda forensics examine the scene of the shooting in Dun Emer estate Lusk on Tuesday Picture: Collins
Gardai examine the scene of a shooting this morning in Dun Emer Place, in Lusk, Co. Dublin
The suspected getaway car in a field close to the scene of a shooting this morning in Dun Emer Place, in Lusk, Co. Dublin

A feared gangster who once warned that the capital's deadly gang feud would not be over until Daniel Kinahan was shot dead is being investigated for the attempted murder of a 38-year-old man.

Gun victim Christopher Maguire was still in a critical condition in Beaumont Hospital last night after being shot five times in the attack in the Dun Emer estate in Lusk, north Co Dublin, at 9.50am on Tuesday.

One of the main lines of enquiry in the investigation is the theory that former taxi driver Maguire was targeted by the Hutch mob because of the suspected involvement of two of his pals in the feud-related murder of Gareth Hutch in May.

Last night, it emerged that a 29-year-old gunman who was spotted in the north inner city on Tuesday just a couple of hours after the attempted murder in Lusk has been "nominated" as a suspect in the case.

Annoyed

"He is being looked at for this. He has been one of the main agitators in the Hutch gang as part of this feud and he has been talking about hitting back for weeks," a source said.

The gangster is said to have become "particularly annoyed" after threats were issued against his family members who are not involved in the feud. He has even organised bullet-proof windows and a reinforced door at his girlfriend's home, according to sources.

Gardai are continuing to investigate the attempted murder of Maguire and are appealing for information on two cars - one that was found at the scene and the getaway car, which was burnt out nearby. No arrests have been made so far.

A Volkswagen Golf, which was seen leaving the area, was discovered burnt out at Kilhedge Lane in Lusk a short time after the shooting.

Sources have revealed that the hitman was dropped off in a gold/brown SUV to a carpark in Kilhedge Lane at 6.30am and was then driven to the Dun Emer estate where he waited for three hours for his victim to appear. The hitman, armed with a handgun which had a silencer, shot Maguire five times before escaping the scene.

Maguire is a close associate of notorious dissident Republican criminal Declan 'Whacker' Duffy and is facing charges before the non-jury Special Criminal Court where he, 'Whacker' Duffy and another man are charged with three counts of false imprisonment at The Towers, Garters Lane in Saggart on June 9, 2015.

However, it is his friendship with two on-the-run criminals who are key members of the so-called 'New INLA' crime faction and suspects in the Gareth Hutch murder which may have made him a target for the Hutch gang.

Maguire has no involvement in the ongoing bloody Hutch/Kinahan feud.

Gareth Hutch was a close personal friend of the north inner city hood who is now being investigated for involvement in this week's gun attack.

Enemy

It previously emerged that the suspected assassin warned gardai that the gang war between the Christy Kinahan cartel and the Hutch mob will not end until Daniel Kinahan is shot dead.

The chilling comments were made when officers raided his home in February.

"We will not rest until Daniel Kinahan is dead. He caused all of this - it won't end until he is in his grave'," the gunman said.

This notorious north inner city criminal is a feared hitman who is suspected of carrying out the murders of Paul Kavanagh last year, as well as Eamon 'The Don' Dunne in 2010, on behalf of the Kinahan cartel.

However, he cut ties with the gang after the murder of his close pal Gary Hutch last September, and is now their sworn enemy. In the aftermath of Hutch's murder, sources revealed that the hitman refused to attend a number of meetings which the cartel attempted to organise with him.

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