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Man arrested in connection with shooting of Christy Keane

Shot: Christy Keane was shot four times yesterday by two masked gunmen
Shot: Christy Keane was shot four times yesterday by two masked gunmen

A man has been arrested in connection with the 'attempted murder' of convicted criminal Christy Keane.

The convicted drug dealer was gunned down early yesterday morning as he exited a vehicle at the University of Limerick's gym. 

He was shot four times by two masked gunmen who fled the scene in a vehicle before transferring to another vehicle. 

Gardai confirmed they have arrested a man in his 30s in connection with the shooting. 

The male was arrested last night in the Limerick area and he is currently detained under the provisions of Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 at Henry Street Garda Station, a spokesperson said. 

Keane was rushed by ambulance to University Hospital Limerick where he was described yesterday as being in critical condition. 

Gardai have reportedly recovered two handguns after initially locating two burnt out cars believed to have been used by the gunmen.

It's believed the gunmen fled the scene in a red 132-D-registered Ford Focus hatchback - which had been stolen in Dublin - and later located burnt out in Monaleen.

The gunmen are believed to have then transferred to a white English registered V70 Volvo Estate, found burnt out in Drombana just outside the city. 

The arrested male can be held for questioning for up to seven days.