Young victim killed in Drimnagh shooting named

by Rose Barrett
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Following the fatal shooting of Josh Itseli (20) shortly after midnight on Monday last, Garda arrested three males. A murder investigation was subsequently launched after the young man from Ballyfermot was shot and killed in what is believed to be a feud between two Dublin gangs which has gotten out of control.

Superintendent Paul Maher confirmed Gardaí were alerted to shots – some reported as being up to a dozen or more – being fired at Knocknarea Road in Drimnagh shortly after midnight. When Gardaí attended the scene, they found two vehicles which appeared to have been directly involved in a collision, a black Mercedes-Benz and a black VW Golf. 

Despite paramedics from Dublin Fire Brigade attending the victim, Mr Itseli was pronounced dead at the scene. Thereafter, members of the force realised there was a potentially dangerous device in one of the vehicles found at Knocknarea Court, and called for assistance from the Army EOD.

The explosive device was rendered safe and removed from the scene for technical examination.  Members of the Garda Regional Armed Support Unit later arrested three young men, two aged in their early 20s and the third believed to be in his teens. 

Minister for Justice Helen McEntee said on RTÉ: “I commend the gardaí for responding quickly, resulting in the speedy arrest of suspects. Tackling crime and ensuring safer streets continues to be a top priority for An Garda Síochána and the Government.”

Cllr Daithí Doolan (SF for Drimnagh Ballyfermot) who is also Chair of the Joint Policing Committee  (JPC) and a local resident, stated: “Monday morning’s shooting in Drimnagh has left a young man dead,a family grieving and a community in shock. It was an attack on the whole community. My thoughts and sympathies are with this young man’s family and friends. “Drimnagh is a great community. We will not let those involved in gun crime hold this community hostage.I would strongly encourage anyone who has any information to please contact the Gardaí. It is hugely important that those involved in this terrible incident are apprehended and face justice.!

Supt Maher confirmed that several other vehicles on Knocknarea Road were damaged and remain part of the technical examination. Elsewhere, a vehicle of interest, a silver Ford Focus, was examined on Sperrin Road.  

He added: “Garda Síochána are appealing for any person with CCTV footage in the wider area of Cooley Road, Brandon Road, Errigal Gardens, Crumlin Road, Slievenamon Road, Mourne Road and associated side roads and who were in the Knocknarea Road area between 11.30pm and 12.30pm on Sunday/Monday last to make any footage available to the Gardaí.” 

An investigation room is now set up at Sundrive Road Garda Station – please contact Sundrive Rd GS on 01-666 6600, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666 111 or any Garda station.

Image: Josh Itseli Photo – Facebook

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