Detectives believe two young twins and their teenage sister killed overnight in Tallaght have been stabbed to death.
The suspect, known to victims in his early 20s, was arrested at the scene after being fired with non-lethal gunfire by Gardai.
Gardai clarified this morning that the victims were a twin girl and boy aged eight and their 18-year-old sister.
Another 14-year-old boy was also taken to hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
At this point, Gardai believe all four siblings were stabbed to death with a large bladed object by a man they knew.
Neighbors at the Rossfield estate in Brookfield this morning expressed their shock at the deaths and reported hearing screams coming from the house just after midnight.
A local said he heard a female voice shouting “help me, help me” and the sound of windows shattering before Gardai arrived at the scene.
The suspect was then arrested just before 1am by members of the Armed Support Unit and taken into custody at Tallaght Garda railway station.
Emergency services worked desperately to save the three siblings, but they were tragically pronounced dead.
Gardai conducted door-to-door investigations this morning while forensic officers also conducted a crime scene investigation.
A number of smashed windows were visible at the front of the property, including an upstairs window and a front room.
Gardaí said in a statement they are continuing to investigate all circumstances surrounding an incident at a residential building in Rossfield Estate, Tallaght, on Sunday September 4, 2022.
“Gardaí investigators have since confirmed that an 18-year-old woman and a boy and girl aged 8 (twins) were fatally injured in the course of the incident.
“A man in his early 20s who was arrested at the scene remains in Garda custody at Tallaght Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.”
A 14-year-old teenager who was also injured in the incident remains hospitalized and his injuries are not life-threatening.
The Rossfield Estate crime scene remains sealed off for forensic investigation.
Fianna Fail Councilman Charlie O’Connor said at the scene this morning the community was shocked by what had happened.
“I started getting calls this morning. I was deeply shocked, the community is shocked, we obviously have to think of the family and sympathize with the family and hope they get all the support they need.
“I understand Gardaí are also deeply shocked at the scene, as you would expect.
“Not only here in Rossfield, but in the wider Tallaght area, this is a truly terrible tragedy.”
Unarmed gardaí were the first to respond to reports of an incident that a spokesman described as “violent, challenging and traumatic”.
A man in his early 20s was arrested at the scene following an intervention by members of the Garda Armed Support Unit, which involved the firing of less-than-lethal devices. He is currently being held at Tallaght Garda station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act 1984.
The mother of the deceased siblings, who was unharmed at the scene, was also taken to CHI Crumlin and is currently receiving medical attention.
All persons involved in this incident are believed to be known to each other. Gardaí are currently not looking for anyone else in relation to this incident.
The tragedy was described as “unfathomable” by South Dublin Mayor Emma Murphy.
“It’s unbelievable. It’s horrific. The details are still surfacing this morning but the loss of three young lives, three young girls is just unfathomable,” she told Independent.ie.
“There is a huge shock in the community, it’s going to be a really, really tough road for the affected community. And for the affected family.”
Officials in Tallaght have set up an incident room and all circumstances of this incident are being investigated.
The Rossfield Estate crime scene remains sealed off today and a forensic investigation is being conducted by the Garda Technical Bureau.
The Coroner’s Office and the Office of the State Pathologist have been informed. Post mortems will take place in due course.
Ms Murphy, the Mayor of South Dublin said: “People are waking up on a Sunday morning to the most horrible news that three young people’s lives have been taken and it’s going to be a really, really tough road ahead for the local community there.”
An Garda Síochána has appointed a family liaison officer and will continue to support the affected family in collaboration with other government agencies.
A Garda spokesman said: “This violent, challenging and traumatic incident was responded to by uniformed, unarmed Garda First Responders from Tallaght County, supported by uniformed members and armed detectives from the broader DMR South Division and members of the Specialist Armed Support Unit.
“An Garda Síochána has established and will continue to establish welfare support for all members who participated in this incident.”
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