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'Baffling' murder Gardai 'baffled' by 'severe violence' in murder of Ballymun gun victim Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons

"Normally, very quickly, within 12 hours of a killing like this, gardaí would have some idea of a motive, but we're scratching our heads on this one," a security source told the Sunday World.

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Gardaí examine the scene in Ballymun where Patrick Lyons was shot.

Gardaí examine the scene in Ballymun where Patrick Lyons was shot.

Shooting victim Patrick Lyons

Shooting victim Patrick Lyons

Gardai preserve the scene of the fatal shooting  in Ballymun.

Gardai preserve the scene of the fatal shooting in Ballymun.

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Gardaí examine the scene in Ballymun where Patrick Lyons was shot.

Gardai investigating the horrific murder of a harmless drug user and father-of-two in Ballymun are now probing whether his 'gangland-style' murder arose out of a grudge.

Sources have described the execution style killing of Patrick 'Pappy' Lyons as "completely over the top" and "not commensurate with the lifestyle this man was living."

Officers are also examining whether Pappy was on his way to a pre-arranged meeting, when he was gunned down, and are seeking to establish, if so, whom he had arranged to meet.

Pappy (44) was shot once in the head and three times in the chest in an attack in the Belclare area, close to Poppintree and his family home, on Thursday evening.

Moments earlier he had left a house where he was watching television with a friend, saying: "I won't be a minute."

Gardaí do not believe Pappy was contacted by phone in the lead up to the killing, or lured outside by a text, and believe it more likely his reasons for going outside were pre-arranged.

As the community of Ballymun yesterday rallied round to support Pappy's family, a GoFundMe page was set up to help pay for funeral costs and support his family.

The appeal, set up by a family friend had raised almost €3,000 by lunchtime yesterday,

"Normally, very quickly, within 12 hours of a killing like this, gardaí would have some idea of a motive, but we're scratching our heads on this one," a security source told the Sunday World.

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Gardaí examine the scene in Ballymun where Patrick Lyons was shot.

Gardaí examine the scene in Ballymun where Patrick Lyons was shot.

Gardaí examine the scene in Ballymun where Patrick Lyons was shot.

"There was a severe level of violence used here - it is essentially a gangland-style killing involving someone who was not involved in gangland.

"There are a number of lines being looked at. Could it have been over a small drug debt? Could it be something as simple as a stolen bike?

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Gardai preserve the scene of the fatal shooting  in Ballymun.

Gardai preserve the scene of the fatal shooting in Ballymun.

Gardai preserve the scene of the fatal shooting in Ballymun.

"Regardless, the level of violence is puzzling; it's not commensurate with something like this. And it doesn't fit the nature of the lifestyle this man was living. He was involved in shoplifting but he never mugged anyone. Essentially, he stole to fund his habit so for him to be killed in the way he was is very unusual."

Speaking yesterday, a family friend said: "His dad is in intensive care at the moment and his mam would be looking after his son as well so this is an awful tragedy to befall that family. This whole situation is an awful tale of pain and suffering."

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who was in the Belclare Terrace and Belclare Park areas on Thursday from 8pm-9.15pm to come forward.

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