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At least four gunmen involved in Regency Hotel attack

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The burned out van which Gardai suspect was used by the gunmen
The burned out van which Gardai suspect was used by the gunmen

Gardai have confirmed that at least four people were involved the brutal shooting incident today that has claimed one life and has left another man fighting for his life.

At a press briefing this evening, Gardai confirmed some details on the brutal daylight attack at a weigh-in for a now cancelled boxing card.

They confirmed that the incident occurred at about 2.20pm this afternoon.

Emergency services responding to reports of a shooting discovered three men injured at the scene.

One of these men, aged in his 30s, was subsequently pronounced dead. He has since been named locally as David Byrne.

Two other men were removed to The Mater and Beaumont hospitals with gunshot wounds. It is believed one of those men is seriously injured.

The scene is now sealed off and a technical examination of the area is taking place.

A full investigation team is in place involving local and national Garda Units and the office of the State Pathologist has been informed and a post mortem examination of the dead man is expected to take place tomorrow.

Gardaí believe that at least four people were involved in the incident. 

Two were described at wearing police style uniforms similar to a SWAT team uniform, including metal helmets.

According to Gardai these men were armed with automatic weapons.Two others were carrying hand guns. 

One was a man disguised as a woman and wearing an auburn wig and the other was stocky and wearing a beige cap.

A short time after the incident a van was found burnt out at the Charlemont Estate in Marino.

Chief Superintendent tonight said, "We know that there were a considerable number of people present in the Regency Hotel and we are appealing to them to provide any information they may have in relation to the shooting.  We are also appealing to anyone who was in the area of the Regency Hotel between 2.00 and 2.45 pm, or anyone who was in the Charlemont Estate at that time is asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 666 4400 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111".