50-year-old man dies in shooting at Bray Boxing Club

Katie Taylor's father Pete Taylor has been seriously injured in the shooting

50-year-old man dies in shooting at Bray Boxing Club

The scene at the Bray Boxing Club this morning. Image: Paul Quinn

Updated 14:15

Gardaí have said it is too early to say whether the three men who were shot at Bray Boxing Club in Wicklow this morning were specifically targeted.

A 50-year-old man died in the shooting at the Bray Boxing Club this morning.

Two other men – including Pete Taylor, the father of Ireland’s Olympic Gold Medal winning boxer Katie Taylor – were shot in the attack.

57-year-old Mr Taylor and a 35-year-old man suffered serious injuries and have been taken to hospital. 

Their injuries are not described as life threatening.

Superintendent Pat Ward said it is too early to say if the three men were targeted - with the motive for the attack still unclear:

"We have no known motive at the moment for the crime," he said.

"We don't yet know why this crime was carried out.

"That is something that will form part of our investigation and as you now we are at an early stage of it.

"We are interviewing people and one of the prime inquiries that we will be conducting will be to find out what exactly the motive for this crime was." 

Gardaí said the attack happened at around 6:55am this morning.

At least one gunman entered the Bray Boxing Club - located in the Harbour of the Wicklow town - and opened fire.

The boxing club is open very early every morning and there were up to 20 people training at the club at the time.

Gardaí have examined CCTV in the area and are appealing for information on a silver coloured Volkswagen Caddy with Northern Irish plates - which investigators believe the suspect used to flee the scene.

Superintendent Ward said investigators do not yet know whether the gunman was accompanied by a driver or if there was anyone else with him in the car. 

These locals are shocked:

The 50-year-old victim's body remains at the scene - where investigators are awaiting the arrival of the State pathologist.

A technical examination of the area is being carried out by Garda crime scene examiners.

The scene has been sealed off and Gardaí have been taking statements from witnesses in the area.

Ireland’s Olympic Gold Medalist boxer Katie Taylor trained at Bray Boxing Club for a time. She is currently training in the US and is no longer involved with the gym.

The club was set up by her father Pete Taylor and a number of other champion boxers have also trained at the facility.

The gym is owned by Bray municipal council and operated by Mr Taylor.

The €300,000 state-of-the-art facility opened in February 2014.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact Bray Garda Station on 01 6665300.

Reporting from Paul Quinn ...