Investigation after man shot dead in south Dublin

The 28-year-old man was shot several times

Investigation after man shot dead in south Dublin

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Updated 14.00

Gardaí are investigating after a 28-year-old man was shot dead in south Dublin last night.

Father of two John Gibson - a fitness instructor from the Lucan area - was shot dead in a carpark at Citywest Shopping Centre at around 9.20pm.

He was shot a number of times before unsuccessfully trying to escape on foot.

Emergency services attended to Mr Gibson at the scene, but he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The assistant state pathologist and the Garda Forensic Team have examined his body and the scene, which remains partially sealed off this afternoon.

It's thought the attacker may have escaped in a Volkswagen Caddy van which was found burnt out in the Verschoyle Green estate, around a kilometre away from the scene of the shooting.

The vehicle is being examined this afternoon.

Superintendent Peter Duff from Tallaght Garda Station says they believe the van may have been connected with the killing:

Mr Gibson is thought to have been a close friend of Darragh Nugent who was also shot dead last week, but gardaí say they're keeping an open mind about the motives for this killing.

They are appealing for anyone who was in the area between 9.00pm and 9.30pm or anyone with information to contact them Tallaght Garda Station on 01-666 6000 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111.