Gareth Hutch murder sparks house raid by gardai in Dublin city centre
Gardai investigating the murder of Gareth Hutch raided a house in the north-inner city this afternoon.
Around a dozen officers were involved in the operation in which they forced open the door of a house in the Sean McDermott Street area.
A small battering ram device was used in the raid and a number of items were taken from the targeted property.
The raid was conducted by officers from Mountjoy garda station, who are understood to have got an early lead in their investigation into the feud murder.
35-year-old Hutch, the father of a young boy, was murdered this morning in the Avondale House complex in Cumberland Street North in Dublin, a few hundred yards from O'Connell Street.
He had been previously extradited from Holland on foot of a European Arrest Warrant to face charges relating to an attempted cash in transit robbery.
He was gunned down as he sat in a car outside the Avondale House Flats on North Cumberland Street in Dublin's north-inner city this morning.
The latest gangland victim had been living at the Avondale House flats.
The address was previously searched by gardai as part of the investigation into the Regency Hotel shooting.
The victim was recently issued with a Garda Information Message warning him that his life was under threat.
Gardai are investigating if a second man, also a relative of the Hutch family, was injured in the attack.
The gunmen are reported to have fled the scene on foot after their getaway vehicle failed to start. They got into another vehicle nearby.
This is the eighth murder linked to the Hutch-Kinahan feud.
Witnesses described two gunmen leaving the scene, and that "three to six shots" were fired.
The scene is sealed off and a technical examination of the area is expected to take place.
Spekaing at a media briefing at Mountjoy Garda Station, Superintendent Daniel Flavin said gardai are interested in the movement of a black 5 Series BMW.
"At approximately 10am this morning gardai became aware of a shooting at Avondale house," he said.
"Two men approached the deceased as he was about to enter his car, a black Volkswagen Passat.
"They fired a number of shots and we have recovered two handguns at the scene.
"The deceased has been identified as Gareth Hutch, a man in his mid-30s who was living in the area. We've launched a full murder investigation.
"We're interested in the movement of a black 5-Series BMW. The registration is 02-D-39051. We're interested in its movements not alone this morning but in the days leading up to this.
"Following this shooting, the two males entered this black BMW and subsequently a short time later got out of this BMW , running out of the carpark area and running onto North Cumberland Street. That is away from Parnell Street and onto Sean Mac Dermott Street.
"We're appealing for witnesses who may have seen them leave the carpark. One is described as wearing a red top or hoodie, and the other (had on) a grey-coloured top. They ran in the direction of Sean Mac Dermott Street."
Mr Hutch is a nephew of Gerry 'the Monk' Hutch, whose family and associates have been repeatedly targeted by underworld rivals since the audacious AK47 gun attack on a boxing weigh-in at the Regency Hotel in north Dublin in February.
David Byrne, from the Crumlin area of Dublin and an associate of the Kinahan family, was murdered in that incident.
His killing was said to have been in retaliation for the fatal shooting of Gary Hutch in September last year on the Costa del Sol after a fell afoul of the Kinahan outfit and their operations in Spain.
Detectives based nearby at Mountjoy appealed for anyone who was in the Cumberland Street North area on Tuesday morning or who has any information to come forward.
The scene of the shooting has been sealed off and a technical examination of the area is planned.
Gardai are appealing for anyone who was in the area of North Cumberland Street or may have information, to contact the gardai at Mountjoy garda station on 01 666 8600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1 800 666 111 or any garda station.