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Monday, December 18, 2006

Man shot dead in Southill

An innocent victim of an ongoing feud between warring factions

Limerick murder is cowardly, vicious and cruel behavior - Michael McDowell

A man has been shot dead in Limerick City overnight.

A murder investigation is underway after 40-year-old Noel Crawford was shot outside his house in Southill around 3.00am Monday morning. He was approached by a lone gunman and had nowhere to hide.

The victim was the uncle of 5 year old Jordan Crawford who was shot in the leg in a similar gun attack outside their home last month

Gardai have stated at this early stage that the incident is feud related however reports suggests that Mr. Crawford was not the intended target and was simple just in the “wrong place at the wrong time”.

The scene has been preserved for a technical examination to take place today.

Around an hour later shots were fired at another house in the same area. Gunman opened fire on the upstairs window of the house and immediately fled the scene.

No one was injured in that attack.

NEW DETAILS: It is believed that a gang on the North side of Limerick received a false report that a woman had been abducted by the McCarthy-Dundon gang and went on a rampage attack. The dead man’s brother, Paul Crawford, has strong links with the McCarthy-Dundon gang and four attempts have been made on his life over the past six months. The rival Keane/Collopy gang, based in St Mary’s Park on the north side of the city, are understood to have put out a contract on the 32-year-old.

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