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Tragic incident Post mortem due on body of man who allegedly shot himself in Co Cork doctor’s surgery

Gardaí were informed at around 6.20pm that there was a man in the building armed with a suspected pistol

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Gardai have appealed for witnesses (STOCK)

Gardai have appealed for witnesses (STOCK)

Gardai have appealed for witnesses (STOCK)

A post mortem is to be carried out on the body of a man who shot himself in a doctor’s surgery in Co Cork yesterday evening. 

Gardai say officers in Mallow were alerted to a firearms incident that occurred at a business premises on Gouldshill.

"A male in his early 50s was fatally injured and his body has been removed to the mortuary in Cork University Hospital where a post mortem will be conducted,” gardai said.

“A file will be prepared for the Coroners Court.”

It has been reported that the man, who was aged 51 and understood to be from the Aghabullogue area of the county, died at the scene at the Primary Healthcare Centre at Gooldshill in Mallow.

The facility houses a number of GP practices and the out-of-hours SouthDoc service.

According to The Irish Examiner, the man was attending a doctor at the facility between 6pm and 7pm. Gardaí were informed at around 6.20pm that there was a man in the building armed with a suspected pistol.

Members of the armed regional support unit were alerted and were en route when the gun was discharged.

It is believed the man was alone in a room when he shot himself.

The man received immediate medical assistance but was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later.

The scene was sealed off to allow for a detailed forensic examination.

A firearm, believed to be a pistol, has also been recovered. It is expected to be subjected to forensic and ballistics tests.

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Gardaí are treating the incident as a personal tragedy.

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