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Probe latest 'Mr Flashy' pal found with serious head injuries in Finglas was shot, Gardai believe

The victim is understood to be fighting for his life in an induced coma.

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Finglas Garda Station Credit: Google Maps

Finglas Garda Station Credit: Google Maps

Finglas Garda Station Credit: Google Maps

A close pal of notorious drug dealer ‘Mr Flashy’ found with head injuries in Finglas last night was shot, gardai have established.

The incident unfolded in a green area of Mellowes Avenue in the north Dublin suburb when the 26-year-old was discovered on the ground with severe injuries around 8pm last night.

Gardai were initially unsure how he received the head injuries but doctors have since established that he was shot in the head.

The victim is understood to be fighting for his life in an induced coma.

While there had been reports that witnesses saw a shotgun at the scene beside the injured man no firearm was there when gardai arrived.

Sources said it was possible that associates of the injured man may have taken the firearm and fled the scene before gardai arrived.

Gardai are investigating all possibilities in relation to the shooting including if it was a targeted attack, an accidental shooting or self-inflicted.

A garda spokesperson said officers arrived at the scene shortly after 8pm last night .

“Gardaí were alerted to the incident and located a man (late 20s) with unexplained head injuries on Mellows Avenue in a serious condition.

“He has been removed from the scene to Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown. The scene is currently preserved and investigations are ongoing,” she added.

It is understood the injured man was previously the target of a botched assassination plot in early July when two criminals were involved in an horrific motorbike accident when they were on their way to carry out a gangland hit on him and a gun was found beside them after the collision.

The motorbike that the men aged in their late teens and early 20s were travelling on lost control in the Mellowes Park area of Finglas, north Dublin, shortly at 11.20pm on Saturday, July 3.

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Gardai who rushed to the scene found the handgun near the motorbike while a car that was set on fire near the location of the accident is also being investigated as being linked to the same incident.

Sources say that the 26-year-old who was apparently attacked last night is known to gardai and may have become embroiled in a number of bitter criminal disputes in the Finglas area in recent months.

Meanwhile ‘Mr Flashy’ has rarely been seen around the Finglas area in recent months but last month it emerged that a gang of women stormed the home of his former partner and beat the woman with hammers, golf clubs and socks filled with snooker balls.

In July tensions were high in the locality when a rival criminal mob robbed a French Bulldog that gangster ‘Mr Flashy’ had just imported from the UK for a five-figure sum.

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