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FAMILY’S GRIEF FOR MAN SHOT DEAD AT DOOR

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The Garda Technical Bureau at the scene of fatal city shooting

The Garda Technical Bureau at the scene of fatal city shooting

The Garda Technical Bureau at the scene of fatal city shooting

The Garda Technical Bureau at the scene of fatal city shooting

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The Garda Technical Bureau at the scene of fatal city shooting

THE daughter of the man shot dead in Dublin this week has said nothing will ever be the same following his murder.

Thomas McCarthy (55) was shot dead by a masked gunman when he opened the door to his mother's home in Crotfwood Park in Ballyfermot around 11am on Monday.

His daughter Stacey Crilly said she was devastated by the death.

"I love you dad. Nothing will ever be the same," she posted on her Facebook page this week. "This isn't real."

Suspect

Thomas's son Dylan, who lives in Southend-on-Sea in England, said: "I don't know what to think." He added: "RIP dad. I love you so much."

The prime suspect is a man in his mid-20s originally from the Ballyfermot area who is known to gardai.

The killing is not believed to be gang-related and gardai suspect it may be linked to a personal dispute.

Mr McCarthy had only recently returned to visit Ireland from the UK where he had been living for years with his family.

It is understood he returned after a female relative was attacked by a man who Mr McCarthy may have intended to confront over the situation and one theory is that he was shot before he got a chance to go near the man.

Gardai are also investigating the possibility that Mr McCarthy was not the intended target of the attack.

Investigators have identified the prime suspect and are trying to track him down after he went to ground following the murder.

He has convictions for incidents including a stab attack, assaults and for dangerous driving offences.

Reckless

He is known as a reckless criminal and started offending from a young age and was known to carry out crimes with one of his brothers who died a couple of months ago.

Mr McCarthy was not known to gardai for involvement in organised crime but an associate of his has links to the gang led by Ballyfermot criminal Derek 'Dee Dee' O'Driscoll.

There are fears associates of O'Driscoll could try to get to the killer before gardai do.

Gardai believed the killer was in Dublin city centre on the night after the shooting and tried to locate him using his phone but were unable to do so.

Gardai have appealed for information about three cars linked to the shooting.

They believe the gunman drove a blue Ford Fiesta to the shooting and later burnt it out at La Fanu Drive before switching into a silver Skoda Octavia which was found at Monkstown Walk.

They also appealed for information on a black Toyota Avensis with registration number 10-D-123251.

The Avensis was spotted around Woodford Walk between 10.57am and 11.06am on Monday and later found burnt out on Peamount Road in Newcastle, Co. Dublin.

Mr McCarthy's funeral details have yet to be announced.

Irish Independent