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Friday 22 September 2017

'I heard woman scream', says witness as gardai hunt for gun

The property in which Gary O'Brien was found dead
The property in which Gary O'Brien was found dead

Gardai have still not found the firearm used in the fatal shooting of a 50-year-old man in the capital's north inner city.

Three people, including a woman seen in bloodstained clothing shortly after the incident, are helping gardai with their enquiries.

Finglas man Gary O'Brien, who had difficulty walking and regularly used a wheelchair, was shot dead in a basement flat at 8.30pm on Sunday.

"I did hear a woman screaming, but I don't know what it was about," said a witness.

Officers originally believed the gunshot wound to Mr O'Brien's head had been self-inflicted.

Known to gardai for minor offences, Mr O'Brien was not considered a criminal.

A major garda investigation is ongoing into the shooting in the North Circular Road flat.

Sources say gardai found evidence of drug-taking in the property.

Mumble

The woman in the bloodstained clothing was heard to mumble "he is dead" as she left the flat, one witness said.

The mysterious case is being investigated by officers from Bridewell Garda Station.

A post-mortem took place at Dublin City Mortuary yesterday.

Two properties, five doors apart, were sealed off as investigations began.

One of the houses is being renovated. Neighbours say the building, which is surrounded by wooden hoardings, is currently unoccupied.

The second property is split into flats.

A large number of gardai arrived at the scene on Sunday night, along with ambulances and the fire brigade. Gardai searched bins and gardens between the two properties.

"We didn't know if it was a murder or a raid," said one man. "There were armed gardai and everything. It was as if it was a gangland murder, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

"There was a large group of gardai at the house that is being renovated.

"Then they went to the house that is split into flats. Nobody knows for sure what is going on".

Arrested

One man who carried out some work at Mr O'Brien's flat in the past month described him as a "gentleman".

The house where he died was split into more than 20 flats.

Gardai last night said none of the three people helping them with their inquiries had been arrested.

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