Published Saturday, 24 August 2013
Gardaí are investigating the fatal shooting (© Pacemaker)
Gardaí were responding to reports of a shooting in Clondalkin when they discovered the man with gunshot wounds to the head and body at Harelawn Green at 12.20am.
The victim, named locally as Dean Johnston, was taken to Tallaght Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12.50am.
Local sources said they believe Mr Johnston was shot between eight and 14 times.
Gardaí say a car which was later discovered on fire in Collinstown Crescent is believed to have been used in the incident.
Three men were seen running from the black Vauxhall Vectra with tinted windows and registration 99 DL 7997.
The scene of the shooting was also sealed off for technical investigations to be carried out.
Sinn Féin councillor Matthew McDonagh said: "These young victims, regardless of what they're involved in, are just taken off the face of the earth, and for what?
"So many families have lost people close to them and this incident is no different. Another family has been left devastated."
Clondalkin has seen a number of gangland-style shootings over the years and the victim is not the first Johnston to have been killed in the area.
Fianna Fáil councillor Trevor Gilligan said: "Despite its history of similar shootings and murders, Clondalkin remains a strong area with great community spirit.
"Regardless of the circumstances surrounding this murder, we have to remember that someone has lost a son, and our sympathy and commiserations has to be with his family and friends."
Police are appealing for anyone who was in the Harelawn Green or Collinstown Crescent areas on Friday night or early on Saturday morning to contact them.
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