UPDATE: Man arrested in connection with fatal shooting

Attack: The scene of the shooting in Athy
Attack: The scene of the shooting in Athy

A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting that occurred earlier this evening.

The gun attack occurred in Athy, County Kildare earlier today. 

Shortly after 5pm, a man was shot a number of times in the Green Hills estate in the town. The victim is a 22-year-old man, Gardai said.

Gardai said they have arrested a man in his early 40s in connection with the murder. 

He is currently detained at Kildare Garda Station under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2007.

It is understood a hooded gunman on a pushbike approached the young man and fired a number of shots.

He had been sitting on a wall with a group of friends when he was targeted, it is believed.

It is understood he was hit three times but this has yet to be confirmed.

Emergency services were called and he was rushed to Naas General hospital. His condition was described as serious.

However, he was pronounced dead a short time later. 

Gardai said the scene has been preserved and an investigation has been launched. No arrests have yet been confirmed. 

The Offices of the State Pathologist have been notified and a post-mortem is to be arranged. 

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Kildare Garda Station on 045 527730, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666111 or any Garda Station.