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Gardai identify man killed in botched gangland hit

The scene on Sheriff Street on Thursday following the shooting
The scene on Sheriff Street on Thursday following the shooting

Gardai believe that a young man shot dead in Dublin's inner city Thursday afternoon was an "innocent bystander".

The victim, named locally as Martin O'Rourke (24) , was shot dead at approximately 12.20pm close to Noctor's pub on Sheriff Street in Dublin 1.

It's understood six shots were fired at the man, who is not believed to be the intended victim of the shooting.

Mr O'Rourke was rushed to the nearby Mater Hospital by ambulance at 12.45pm.

He was declared dead this afternoon at the Mater Hospital.

It has been reported that the victim was homeless and suffered with drug problems. Gardai used fingerprint technology to identify him as he was not carrying ID at the time.

He had been staying at a homeless shelter in the north inner city. Mr O'Rourke had a partner and a number of children. His family have asked for privacy this evening.

The victim was known to gardai for burglary and minor offences but was not linked to gangland crime.

It is believed he was in the area to buy drugs at the time.

Speaking at a press conference this evening Superintendent Kevin Gralton said a lone gunman involved in the shooting fled the scene by bicycle along Sheriff Street lower, before dumping the push-bike and running in the direction of Seville Place and Gill Street.