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Hutch associate believed to be armed, dangerous and seeking revenge

The scene of yesterday's brutal murder
The scene of yesterday's brutal murder

A close associate of murdered Gareth Hutch is believed to be armed and dangerous and seeking revenge.

Gardai were on alert last night as the man’s whereabouts were unknown and tensions remained on a knife-edge.

An alert was issued to all garda districts that the man was “seeking out” the killers who blasted Gareth Hutch (35) in broad daylight at Avondale House flats yesterday morning.

One man handed himself in to gardai at Mountjoy Garda Station last night, fearing for his life. He can be questioned for seven days.

A suspect for the shooting, who was living among the Hutches on ‘Murder Mile’, was still on the run last night.

The man, a 30-year-old volatile criminal, lives “just around the corner” in the same area of the north inner city where four feud murders have been carried out in just over three months.

It has emerged that gardai raided a house in the area only five hours after Hutch was killed.

Father-of-one Gareth Hutch (35) was “riddled” with bullets fired from a handgun fitted with a silencer.

A close associate reportedly arrived at the scene moments after the killers struck.

But at that stage the two hitmen had dropped their guns and were fleeing the scene. The associate reportedly chased after them.

An armed checkpoint had been set up only 200 metres from the apartment complex where yesterday’s murder was carried out. Another checkpoint was also operating in the Sean McDermott Street area on Monday night.

Gardai said that shortly before 10am yesterday, two gunmen approached Hutch as he walked towards his black Volkswagen Passat at the Avondale House complex.

It is believed the gunmen were lying in wait and approached him from behind.

They then proceeded to fire a number of shots from handguns. Gardai say two firearms have been recovered.

The gunmen fled the scene, jumping into a black BMW 5 Series car. They twice tried to start the car, but eventually ran away, leaving the vehicle behind.

The pair ran off in the direction of Sean McDermott Street.

Gardai are appealing for anyone who may have seen the two gunmen leaving the area of the Avondale House flats to contact them.

They are also appealing for anyone who saw the black BMW 5 Series, with a 02-D-39051 registration plate, yesterday or in previous days to contact them. The car and another vehicle have been seized by gardai.

A second car that the killers used to escape, a Skoda Octavia, was later found by gardai, burned out at Dubber Lane in Finglas.