Gardai identify man shot dead in isolated Tallaght laneway

Gardai at the scene in Crooksling this morning
Gardai at the scene in Crooksling this morning

Gardai have confirmed they know the identity of the man who was shot dead in a remote laneway in Tallaght overnight.

UPDATE: 15.53:

Gardai are now in the process of contacting his family.

The gardai have also confirmed that they believe 'a number of gunshots were discharged' in the location the body was found between 9pm last night and 9am this morning.

Dr Michael Curtis and a full Garda Technical Bureau team have attended the scene which is currently undergoing a full technical examination.

The Post Mortem will take place tomorrow morning.

The grim discovery was made by a passerby this morning who initially believed that the man was the victim of a road traffic accident.

However when Gardaí arrived at the scene in Tallaght it was discovered that he had been shot.

He was shot a number of times in the head and upper body.

No weapon has been found at this stage but sources say that bullet casings were discovered close to the body.

The scene was sealed off and officers are awaiting the arrival of the State Pathologist.

The Garda Technical bureau will carry out a forensic examination of the scene near Hills Lane, Crooksling.

The victim has not been identified but sources have confirmed that he is a Caucasian male in his 20s or 30s.

Officers have not searched the body at this stage for identification.

A murder investigation is expected to be launched this evening.

Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the Hills Lane or Crooksling areas, or who may have noticed anything unusual last night or early this morning, to contact them at Tallaght Garda station on 01 666 6000.