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Friday 28 July 2017

Hutch cousin rammed off bike and shot 'not a victim of Kinahan feud'

A garda at the scene where Eddie Staunton was knocked off his bike by a car before he was later shot while receiving first aid
A garda at the scene where Eddie Staunton was knocked off his bike by a car before he was later shot while receiving first aid

The man hit by a car and then shot in Dublin's north inner city on Sunday night was not a target in the deadly Hutch/Kinahan feud.

Gardai believe Eddie Staunton, a member of the Hutch family, was targeted as part of a separate inner-city dispute.

The 25-year-old was said to be making a good recovery last night in the Mater Hospital.

He was shot twice as he was being given first aid for hit-and-run injuries. It is understood four shots were fired from a small .22 handgun.

Mr Staunton is a cousin of feud murder victim Gary Hutch but, sources say, he has no involvement in the deadly feud that has so far claimed 11 lives.

Cartel

Last night, a senior source said gardai were confident that Mr Staunton was not targeted by the Kinahan cartel.

While no arrests have yet been made, officers from Store Street Garda Station are investigating if he became involved in a row with local low-level criminals.

The suspects may be involved in dealing prescription medicines, according to sources.

"There is no reason for the cartel to be going after this fella," a senior source said.

"There is absolutely no intelligence that he was a target for them. The small handgun used in this shooting is more akin to a pellet gun and would not be something the cartel use to murder one of their targets."

Eddie Staunton
Eddie Staunton

Mr Staunton was cycling on James Joyce Street at 9.35pm when he was hit by a car, described by gardai as a silver Ford Focus with the registration number 08CN6682.

The collision occurred at the junction of James Joyce Street and Sean McDermott Street.

Mr Staunton managed to flee the scene on foot and went to nearby Peader Kearney House on Railway Street seeking assistance.

"Following this initial assault, the driver of the vehicle parked the Ford Focus on Sean McDermott Street before alighting and running in the direction of Gardiner Street," said a garda spokesman.

Hooded

"At 9.47pm in Peader Kearney House, while first aid was being administered to the victim by members of the community, a person - believed to be the driver of the vehicle involved in the ramming - approached the victim and shot him a number of times."

The attacker then ran up Railway Street in the direction of Amiens Street. The gunman is described as being tall, of slim to medium build and was wearing a dark top over a grey hooded top, dark bottoms and dark runners with white soles.

A number of streets were blocked following the incident, while communal areas within the complex were sealed off as at least 30 gardai responded.

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