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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Man shot dead in Limerick

Shooting victim was “entirely innocent”

A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead in Limerick overnight.

The alarm was raised around 1.30am this morning when residents of the Clonmore area of the Kiltearagh housing estate in Dooradoyle heard a number of gunshots and alerted Gardai.

The body of 28 year old Shane Geoghegan was discovered at the rear of a house in the estate following a subsequent search by Garda who had responded to the call. He sustained gunshot wounds to the back of his head. His body remained at the scene which was sealed off for most of the day while Gardai commenced door to door enquiries.

Following a technical examination by State Pathologist Dr. Marie Cassidy, the mans body was removed to the nearby Regional Hospital.

Reports say the 28 year old victim, an established rugby player with Garryowen and native of Dooradoyle was an entirely innocent victim and may have been the victim of mistaken identity.

A Garda spokesman said: "There was no apparent reason why he was targeted."A Garryowen club spokesman said the death of Shane, who captained the third team, was a tragedy.Local Fine Gael councillor Richard Butler said the community was stunned by the killing.
Gardai now believe Mr. Geoghegan was shot dead by a killer who intended to gun down a local drug dealer.

Mr. Geoghegan was visiting friends in the Clonmore estate to watch the Ireland vs Canada rugby match and was gunned down on his way home. National radio station NewsTalk reported Sunday night that at least two attackers were involved in the killing and may have left the scene in a getaway car.

In a statement to the media Sunday night, Superintendent Kevin Donoghue appealed for the publics help on details of the movements of a dark coloured Renault Espace car which was found burned out this morning in the Rosbrien. Gardai believe may have been used in Mr. Geoghegans killing.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to come forward with any infromation they may have.

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