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Saturday 16 December 2017

Machine gun attack linked to drug dealer

A BMW car was sprayed with machine gun fire during an incident in Tallaght last night.

It is believed a long-running drugs dispute is the reason for the gun attack.

A property connected to a major drug dealer was peppered with bullets fired from a machine pistol. A car was hit during the incident.

It is believed up to 30 bullets may have been fired in a dangerous escalation of a feud that sources say has been simmering for months.

Gardai have recovered a number of shells fired from the machine pistol

The machine gun attack is completely separate to the feud that led to the murder of Melanie McCarthy McNamara but is linked to a shotgun incident at Bawnlea Avenue on Tuesday night.

At least one shot was fired when rival drug dealers met for "a straightener".

The intended target is a notorious 23-year-old hood who has convictions for drug dealing after being targeted when he was 19 years old by undercover officers from the garda national drugs unit.

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He has a history of assaulting women and criminal rivals, as well as not showing up for court.

On Tuesday, shots were fired when a row between two men escalated out of control at Bawnlea Avenue.

Bawnlea is just a mile from where teenager Melanie was shot dead in Rossfield Avenue as she sat in a car on Tuesday of last week with her boyfriend.

Detectives responding to an emergency call from a concerned resident arrived in the area and noticed three suspicious vehicles at the scene.

Two of these cars -- a silver VW Golf and a blue BMW -- were seized by gardai and are being forensically examined.

The occupants were searched and questioned by detectives but no arrests were made.

Gardai also noticed a black BMW parked nearby and questioned the occupant, but did not seize the vehicle. A spent shotgun cartridge was found close by.

The four "persons of interest" connected to the incident are all men in their 20s. Two are from Tallaght while the others have addresses in Lucan and Kilcock.

kfoy@herald.ie

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