Gunman fled scene of fatal Dublin shooting on foot

Gardai this morning near the scene of last night's shooting
Gardai this morning near the scene of last night's shooting

A gunman who shot dead a 37-year-old man in the hallway of his own home fled the scene on foot.

It was the second fatal gun attack in the city, coming just hours after Michael Barr was shot dead in the Sunset House.

Gardaí believe the lone gunman knocked on the home of the victim before opening fire.

The dead man, who has a number of previous convictions for minor offences, was hit up to four times in the torso.

A senior source said: "Gardai will hold a case conference this morning in Clondalkin.

"No car was used in this attack and it is believed the man ran from the scene."

The incident happened in the Kilcronan area of Clondalkin, West Dublin at around 11.45pm.

The man (37) was gunned down in the hallway of his home on Kilcronan Close just before midnight.

Neighbours reported hearing up to five gunshots in quick succession.

Local reports say the gunman then escaped on foot in the direction of the Grand Canal.

A massive area of Kilcronan was sealed off this morning.

Although not known as a major criminal, the man has a long list of convictions for crimes including drug possession, burglary, theft, larceny, drink- driving and possession of a knife.

It is believed at this early stage that his death is the result of a local feud or row over money or drugs, but a full investigation will be carried out be gardai to establish the motive.

The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

A garda spokesman confirmed: "Officers are at the scene of a shooting in Kilcronan, Clondalkin.

The gun attack was the second fatal shooting to take place in Dublin in the space of a few hours.

The shooting came just hours after the murder of Michael Barr was shot at the Sunset House pub in Dublin's north inner city.

Gardaí are investigating the fatal shooting in Clondalkin but it is understood that it is not connected to the earlier incident.