Up to six people now believed to be involved in Regency Hotel shooting

The new image of the van involved in the shooting released by Gardai this afternoon
The new image of the van involved in the shooting released by Gardai this afternoon

Investigators now believe that up to six people were involved in yesterday's planned gangland hit at a Dublin hotel.

At a briefing today at Ballymun Garda Sation, senior gardai revealed that they now believe that up to six people may have been involved in the shooting.

Yesterday it was thought four were involved but investigators have now revised the number upwards.

Three are described as wearing police style uniforms similar to a SWAT team uniform, including metal helmets. The men were armed with automatic weapons.

Two others were carrying hand guns.

One was a man disguised as a woman and wearing an auburn wig and the other was stocky and wearing a beige cap.
Gardaí also now believe that a sixth man remained in the drivers seat of the silver Ford Transit van.

In attendance at the brieing were Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan, Dublin Metropolitan Region, Assistant Commissioner John O' Mahony, Crime and Security, Assistant Commissioner Derek Byrne, National Support Services, Detective Chief Superintendent Michael O'Sullivan, Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau, Detective Chief Superintendent John O'Driscoll, National Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Chief Superintendent Barry O'Brien, Ballymun Division.

 Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan appealed for witnesses to come forward.

"We know that there were a considerable number of people present in the Regency Hotel and we are appealing to them to provide any information they may have in relation to the shooting. We are also appealing to anyone who was in the area of the Regency Hotel between 2.00 and 2.45 pm, or anyone who was in the Charlemont Estate at that time is asked to contact Ballymun Garda Station on 01 666 4400 or the Garda Confidential line 1800 666 111".

They also released a new image of the van used by the murder gang, and also appealed for help identifying it.

Assistant Commissioner Nolan asked "Did anybody see this van in the vicinity of Swords Road, Griffith Avenue or the Charlemont Estate in Marino between 2.30p.m. and 3p.m. or at any time in any location in the last number of days?”

The Assistant Commissioner also admitted that Gardai had no intelligence that an attack was going to take place at the weigh-in.