Gardai seek information on third car linked to fatal shooting

by Gazette Reporter

Gardaí in Ballyfermot investigating a fatal shooting on Monday morning are appealing for information relating to a third vehicle believed to be involved in the attack.

Thomas McCarthy, 55, was shot up to eight times by a lone gunman in a broad daylight attack at a house in Croftwood Park, Cherry Orchard.

He was blasted as he answered the front door at his mother’s home at around 11am and was pronounced dead a short time later.

A black Toyota Avensis with registration number 10-D-123251 was sighted in the vicinity of Woodford Walk between 10.57am and 11.06am yesterday morning. 

Gardaí are interested in the movements of this vehicle before and after this sighting. The car was later discovered burnt out on Peamount Road, Newcastle, Co. Dublin at 9.30pm last night.

Gardaí are appealing to anyone who may have observed this vehicle between the hours of 10am and 9.30pm yesterday, Monday 27 July or who may have any information in relation to this vehicle, to contact them.

It is one of two vehicles and thre separate crime scene locations which are believed to be involved in the incident:

Croftwood Park – is the location of the house where the fatal shooting took place.

Le Fanu Drive/Killeen Road – It is believed that a blue Ford Fiesta left the scene of the shooting and travelled to Le Fanu Drive/Killeen Road. This car was located burnt out in the area.

Monksfield Walk/Monksfield Lawn, Clondalkin – A second car, a Silver Skoda Octavia, was in the area of Killeen Road and travelled to Monksfield Walk/Monksfield Lawn and then may have travelled through Parkwest or New Nangor Road to get to Woodford Estate.

The Silver Skoda Octavia was discovered abandoned in Monksfield Walk and was burnt out. It is believed a suspect left the area on foot towards the green area, adjacent to Monksfield Walk.

Gardaí are appealing to any motorist, cyclist or pedestrian who were in any of these areas between 10.30a.m. and 11.30a.m. this morning, that may have seen anything unusual or may have dash cam footage and/or phone camera footage, to contact them at Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

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