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'Bullets flying everywhere' during Dublin shooting as gardai release chilling details

The scene of Wednesday's shooting in north Dublin
The scene of Wednesday's shooting in north Dublin

Gardai investigating today's shooting at a busy Dublin filling station have said innocent bystanders could have been injured as "there were bullets [flying] in different directions".

The attack happened at the Topaz petrol station in Clonshaugh, north Dublin at approximately 1.35pm.

The victim of today's shooting is well-known Hutch associate James Gately, who was previously closely linked to the Kinahan mob.

The 30-year-old was shot a number of times at the petrol station on the Clonshaugh road this afternoon.

The man is understood to have been wearing a bullet-proof vest when the attack took place, which may have saved his life.

Superintendent Finbarr Murphy of Ballymun garda station told reporters today that the victim was "shot a number of [times] in through the window as he was sitting in the front seat of his car" after being approached by another vehicle.

He said that the man remains in critical condition in hospital.

James 'Mago' Gately

"He was shot a number of times. He's still in hospital and [we have not] gotten the full medical report," Superintendent Murphy said.

"He was shot in the upper body and neck.

"What makes it more outrageous is that it was sunny afternoon at 1.30pm.

"There were bullets [flying] in different directions.

"Any innocent person could have been injured in this attack.

"We're carrying out a full investigation into who committed [the shooting].

"Our full investigation team is in operation at the moment.

"It was busy [in the forecourt]. It was lunch time and I'd say there would have been 60 to 70 people present when the attack occurred."

Gardai are now appealing for witnesses and anyone who may have dashcam footage to come forward.

"We are making an appeal in relation to the car involved in this [attack], which was a black Lexus, with an 08-D registration number, and we believe that that car has been recovered burnt out in Ardee, Co Louth," Superintendent Murphy said.

"Our appeal is for anybody who was on the Clonshaugh Road or in the filling station at around 1.30pm, anyone on the Clonshagh roundabout who may have seen dangerous driving of a black Lexus car or anyone who might have seen a car on the M50/N1 junction heading toward Ardee.

"We have spoken to people in the forecourt, in the shop and around the [Clayton] hotel. We're appealing for anyone in the area at the time, anyone with a dashcam on their car or anyone who witnessed bad driving from an 08-D black Lexus [to come forward]."

A formal interview of the victim has yet to take place.

"We haven't formally interviewed the victim yet.

"He was alone in the car, in the driving seat.

A witness to the shooting told RTE Radio One's Liveline that gardai were on the scene within minutes.

"I was on the road and I heard 'bang, bang'," he said. "Next thing I heard ambulances and guards. Next thing the whole place was covered.

"I didn't see anyone," he continued.

"I just heard 'bang, bang' and people were running everywhere. There were guards everywhere. They were on the scene within two minutes."

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