Murder Inquiry Into Ballyfermot Killing

A murder inquiry has been launched after a man was shot dead in west Dublin this at 7am on Monday morning.

The victim was shot while reversing a van out of his driveway on Cherry Orchard Avenue in Ballyfermot. He was aged 38, and Gardaí do not believe he was involved in criminal activity.

According to reports this morning, a car pulled up and a masked man ran over to the Whelan’s meat van and fired a number of shots in the passenger window killing the as yet unidentified man instantly.

The victim was a family man with a partner and two teenage children, according to the Irish Independent.

The scene of the attack has been sealed off for a technical examination and the Office of the State Pathologist has been notified.

The man's body has been removed from the scene for a postmortem.

Gardaí said a burned-out car was discovered shortly after the incident at Inagh Road, not far from the shooting.

That scene has also been sealed off and investigators are trying to establish if the car was used as a getaway vehicle by the killers.

Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh said young children would have to pass the scene of the killing on their way to school.

“It’s a horrific event in a relatively quiet area,” he said. “It’s about 100 yards from St Ultan’s national school. This will frighten a lot of people in the area."


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