Gardaí are investigating whether a man was shot dead in Dublin this morning as part of an escalating local gang feud.
Emergency services were alerted to the shooting in the Finglas area of Deanstown Avenue around 4:30 a.m.
James Whelan (29) suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the chest.
It’s understood a number of bystanders were performing CPR before paramedics arrived, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Gardaí have now opened a murder investigation, looking into whether the victim was shot as part of a feud in the Finglas area involving drug dealer “Mr. Flashy” and rival criminals were involved.
The escalating dispute has led to a series of serious incidents, including a grenade attack on a home, a kidnapping in broad daylight and multiple assaults.
The man shot dead this morning had been linked to criminals known as “Mr. Flashy” had argued and had been the subject of threats on social media.
He had also been investigated for organized crime-related activities in the past and his links to the dispute are a main line of investigation.
A Garda spokesman said the coroner has been notified and arrangements are being made for the state pathologist to perform an autopsy.
“The scene is currently being preserved for technical investigation by the Garda Technical Bureau.
“Gardaí is appealing to anyone with information or who has witnessed this incident to come forward.
“Gardaí can be contacted on 01 666 7500 Finglas Garda Station, on 1800 666 111 on the Garda Confidential Line or at any Garda Station.
“Investigations are ongoing and further updates will follow,” the spokesman said.
The feud in the area has been simmering for several months, and Gardaí are trying to keep both gangs under control.
In February, Gardaí seized a property used by Mr Flashy’s gang as their headquarters.
Investigators also seized two “heavy duty” firearms, more than 47,000 euros in cash and 300 rounds of ammunition during raids where local officers were assisted by members of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU).
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