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Saturday 14 December 2019

Body of suspected shooting victim found in burning car

The torched vehicle
The torched vehicle

Gardai are investigating the discovery of a man's body in a burning car last night.

It's believed he suffered a gunshot wound before the car was set alight.

The alarm was raised at around 8.15pm when the car was found on fire at Mount Andrew Rise in Lucan.

Dublin Fire Brigade and local gardai attended the scene at the quiet housing estate near Liffey Valley Shopping Centre.

The car was already engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.

When the fire was extinguished, emergency service workers made the grim discovery of the body of a man in the front passenger seat.

The scene was sealed off for a technical examination and the State Pathologist's Office was informed.

Shocked

The car was set alight just metres from the gable wall of a house.

Local Independent councillor Alan Hayes said families in the estate were shocked at the discovery of the body.

"I know from residents and friends in that estate that there's shock and fear that comes with something like that," he said.

"It's not something anyone would expect to happen outside their front door.

"It's an estate that has many young families.

Cllr Hayes said there has been a rise in crime in the area in recent times.

"Something needs to change. As a local representative and a member of the local policing forum, we need the Garda Commissioner and the Department of Justice to release more gardai to patrol in this area," he said.

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