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Gardai retrieve handgun following Sheriff Street shooting

Gardai retrieve handgun following Sheriff Street shooting

Gardai recovered a small black handgun from a bin around one hour after an unnamed man was gunned down on Sheriff Street, in Dublin’s north inner city.

The firearm has now been sent for forensic analysis to establish if it was the same weapon used in the hit.

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.

He is believed to have covered his face in a scarf and was wearing all-black clothing.

Superintendent Kevin Gralton from Store St garda station said officers believe the victim attempted to flee the gunman but was shot up to six times.

"He was alone. The indications thus far was that he [the victim] was seen running from the area but that has yet to be fully established," he said.

Gardai have not yet identified the victim and say that they will be analysing the fingerprints of the victim to full establish his identity.

"If it is who we think it is, I don't see a connection as of yet to the feud. If it is the person we think it was, yes he would have been [known to gardai]  but on low level stuff.

"I've heard that he may have been an innocent bystander, but can't confirm that," he said.

The scene on Sheriff Street remains sealed off as officers conduct their investigation into Ireland's latest gangland murder.

The intended target, who escaped injury, is well known to gardai. He previously received a lengthy sentence for a cash-in-transit raid.

He is a close associate of Derek 'Del Boy' Hutch - the nephew of Gerry 'The Monk'  Hutch - and has been accused by rivals of being involved in the Regency Hotel shooting.