Inquest hears Tunisia terror attacker aimed ‘very carefully’ at tourists

Martina & Larry Hayes from Athlone and Lorna Carty from Meath were among 38 people killed

Inquest hears Tunisia terror attacker aimed ‘very carefully’ at tourists

Injured people are treated near the area where an attack took place in Sousse, Tunisia, Friday June 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Hassene Dridi)

Updated 16:05

The inquest into the deaths of three Irish people in the Tunisia terror attack has heard the gunman was aiming ‘very carefully’ at tourists.

Martina and Larry Hayes from Athlone and Lorna Carty from Meath were among 38 people killed when a lone gunman opened fire at a tourist complex in Sousse.

Family members of victims of the attack were this afternoon shown a video reconstruction of the movements of the lone gunman in Sousse in June 2015.

The inquest heard he spent around 18 minutes shooting at people on the beach and also inside the Imperial Marhaba Hotel.

Lorna Carty. Image: Facebook / RollingNews.ie

Lorna Carty had travelled to Tunisia with her husband Declan who was recovering from a heart attack.

The court heard she was one of the first to be killed as she lay sunbathing.

The couple were not supposed to be staying at the hotel, but had moved to the complex following noise in their original accommodation.

This morning the court heard that it was the last day of their holiday and Lorna had gone down to the beach while Declan was still in bed in the Imperial Marhaba hotel.

He described hearing what sounded like fireworks going off but soon realised it was gunfire.

Declan looked out of his window and saw people screeching and running and he tried to ring his wife but couldn’t get through.

A staff member would not let him get into the lift to go downstairs, so Declan and around eight people went into his hotel room for safety.

Declan said: ‘I didn’t know if there was one gunman or ten. I thought I was going to die’.

When the gunfire stopped, he left the hotel and went outside where he saw bodies covered with towels.

He found his wife body on a sunbed with a gunshot wound to her chest.

Martina and Larry Hayes

The inquest heard that Martina and Larry Hayes were on their sunbeds close to Lorna when they were shot dead.

The couple from Athlone were on holiday celebrating their wedding anniversary.

One witness described the gunman - who was dressed all in black and carrying a Kalashnikov rifle - as ‘really calm’ saying he was shooting in a very controlled way and was aiming carefully at tourists.