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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Shotgun found near killers' getaway car

A SHOTGUN has been recovered close to where the getaway car used in the murder of a teenage girl was abandoned.

Melanie McCarthy-McNamara (16) was blasted in the head as she sat in a car with her boyfriend and two others in Tallaght, Dublin, on Tuesday night.

The stolen black Hyundai Santa Fe SUV used by the attackers was found in the CityWest area, near Brown's Barn restaurant.

A shotgun was found by gardai searching waste ground near the scene of the abandoned car last night.

Detectives are working on a theory that the young victim may have been mistakenly hit during an indiscriminate attack linked to a feud between Traveller families.

"It is believed she may not have been the intended target," said a garda source.

The girl's aunt, who answered the door at her house in the Drumcairn Avenue area of Tallaght, said Melanie was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

The victim was sitting in the back passenger side seat of a silver-coloured Nissan Almera car with three men in their 20s, one of them her boyfriend, when the gunman struck at around 10.35pm.

At least one shot was fired from the Hyundai into the car, shattering the side window and hitting the teenager in the head.

She was two weeks from her 17th birthday.

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