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GARDA PROBE Two arrested in relation to fatal shooting of Thomas McCarthy at Ballyfermot home

A senior source said that four shots were discharged at Mr McCarthy when he answered the door of the property and another four shots were fired at him inside the house as he attempted to move away from the lone gunman.

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Gardai have arrested two men this morning in connection with a fatal shooting incident that occurred in Ballyfermot on Monday, 27th July, 2020.  Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

Gardai have arrested two men this morning in connection with a fatal shooting incident that occurred in Ballyfermot on Monday, 27th July, 2020. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

Gardai have arrested two men this morning in connection with a fatal shooting incident that occurred in Ballyfermot on Monday, 27th July, 2020. Photo: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

Two men have been arrested today in relation to the brutal murder of Thomas McCarthy who was shot dead at his mother’s home at Croftwood Park, Ballyfermot, at around 11am on Monday, July 27.

The suspects, aged 32 and 24, were arrested at Cloverhill prison this morning but neither are suspected of being the gunman in the case.

Instead they are believed to help the brutal killer who is believed to have fled the country shortly after the murder.

Gardai believe that Mr McCarthy travelled back to the capital from his home in England to “seek retribution” after a 25-year-old local criminal brutally assaulted a woman who was well known to the victim.

However, it was a case of who could strike first and Mr McCarthy was gunned down in a hail of bullets fired from a lethal handgun by his killer who wore a mask when he called to the door.

A senior source said that four shots were discharged at Mr McCarthy when he answered the door of the property and another four shots were fired at him inside the house as he attempted to move away from the lone gunman.

Mr McCarthy was married with children and had been living in Essex – he had only been back home for just over a week when he was shot dead.

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Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy

Thomas McCarthy

The chief suspect in the case fled the country in the aftermath of the murder and is under death threat from criminal associates of Mr McCarthy including the notorious ‘Dee Dee’ O’Driscoll gang.

His murder is the only gun slaying in the capital this year and the arrests were announced by a garda spokesman this morning.

“Two men were arrested on the morning of Friday, 16th October, 2020, in connection with a fatal shooting incident that occurred in Ballyfermot on Monday, 27th July, 2020,” he said.

“A man (mid-50s) sustained fatal gunshot wounds after opening the front door of his home at Croftwood Park in Ballyfermot at approximately 11am on Monday, 27th July, 2020.

“The two men, aged in their early 30s and mid-20s, were arrested this morning under the provisions of Section 42 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999 and are currently detained under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984, at Lucan and Clondalkin Garda Stations.

“Gardaí are continuing to appeal to any person with information on this fatal shooting incident to make contact with Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station,” he added.

The gunman escaped in a Ford Fiesta which was found burnt out nearby. He then got into a Skoda Octavia and drove to Monksfield Walk in Clondalkin. This car was also burnt out with the suspect fleeing on foot.

Gardaí believe he then got into a waiting Toyota Avensis, 10-D-123251. This car was spotted on CCTV between 10.57am and 11.06am at Woodford Lawns, a five minutes' walk from Monksfield Walk.

The Avensis was found burnt out on Peamount Road, a quiet country road located about 15 minutes away, in Newcastle, Co Dublin.

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