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Monday 20 August 2018

Gardai in hunt for hit squad as man shot dead at flats

THE latest gun murder in the capital today left detectives baffled.

A man in his 40s was shot dead by a hit-squad in a Dublin apartment.

Gardai were today trying to identify the victim -- who who had a tattoo on his arm of the name 'Eddie'. The killing is the fourth gun murder in Dublin in less than a month -- a major spike in murders after a year in which gangland-style killings fell significantly.

The shooting took place at 10.40pm in an apartment in the Larch Hill area of Santry, in north Dublin.

It is understood that the victim was shot two times in the head.

Gardai believe that the man was not resident at the apartment.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene, where his body remained this morning.

Gardai were alerted after being called by neighbours who heard the shooting.

The area was sealed off this morning and a full technical examination was being carried out by garda forensic experts.

The victim had no identification on him and sources say that detectives had initially thought that they recognised the man but follow-up enquiries showed that it was not who they thought it was.

At the Larch Hill apartments today, gardai had sealed off a section of The Green where the door to numbers 49 to 54 remained open and guarded by uniformed gardai.

One resident speculated that the victim may not have lived at the flat but could have been visiting it.

The main entrance to the Larch Hill complex is a key-coded gate, and a security man patrols the area at night. The doors to each apartment complex are also key-coded.

One resident told the Herald: "There were paramedics running in and out of the apartment. They must have been working on him for an hour."

A man leaving the complex who lives in the same section where the shooting took place said he didn't know the victim but thought he lived there alone.

Most residents leaving for work reacted with shock when they heard the news.

"We saw the fire brigades and ambulances last night, but it was only this morning when we turned on the news that we heard somebody had been killed," they said.

A post mortem will be carried out later today.

Running

The shooting is the fourth gangland murder in Dublin in less than a month, following two murders in recent weeks in Clondalkin and one in Donabate. Gardai have yet to even make an arrest in relation to any of the killings so far.

Officers are appealing for anyone with information on the killing to come forward.

"Gardai are investigating reports of a number of men seen running from the area and would like anyone who was in the Larch Hill area of Santry last night to contact them at Santry Garda Station on 01 666 4000," a Garda statement said.

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