Gardaí are appealing for information from the public following a shooting incident in a house in Kilcock, Co. Kildare, which saw two men shot dead and two more injured.
The incident occurred at around 10.20pm on Tuesday night when up to three men entered the house in Rochford Avenue, Kilcock and shot one man, Andy Barry (31), who is believed to have links to a Dublin drugs gang. At least two guns were believed to have been used in the murders.
Mr. Barry, originally from Tallaght, Co, Dublin, is believed to have strong links with a Dublin drug dealer who is now living in Kildare and was well-known to gardaí. He is believed to have been an enforcer for drug debts and may have had involvement in several assaults and non-fatal stabbings over money owed for drugs.
Mr. Barry was the occupant of the house while the other three men were believed to merely visiting. The gunmen are said to have fired indiscriminately on all present.
A second man, who Gardaí say may have been in his late teens, was also shot. He is believed to be of Eastern European descent. He had no known drugs or gang links or any known involvement in crime and may have been a casualty of the true target.
He fled for safety and headed for a wall of a neighbouring garden but was found collapsed in the neighbour’s garden after sustaining a gunshot wound.
He was rushed to Connolly Hospital along with Mr. Barry, but both were pronounced dead a short time later.
Two other men, one Irish and one Eastern European, who were in the house were also injured in the attack and were taken to the Mater and Tallaght hospital. Both were treated for non-life threatening injuries. They have been interviewed briefly but will be re-interviewed more deeply once their condition allows it.
It is believed that the gunmen did not have to break into the house.
Superintendent John Gilligan said the Gardaí are investigating whether all of the men injured and killed in the attack were intended victims or whether they had been caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Whether the gunmen knew they were going to find four people in the house or not is subject to investigation,” he said.
“But certainly the people who came to the house were determined to shoot at least one person, if not more, at the time.”
The scene has been closed for forensic examination and a post-mortem is due to take place on both bodies. Gardaí have asked anyone who may have seen any unusual cars in the quiet neighbourhood to contact Leixlip Garda Station on (01) 666 7800 or the Garda Confidential Line on (1800) 666 111.