Two people released in Christy Keane shooting investigation

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Attack: Convicted drug dealer Christy Keane (inset) is continuing to recover in hospital after he was shot a number of times on the University of Limerick campus last week
TWO people arrested in connection with the attempted murder of convicted drug dealer Christy Keane have been released from custody without charge.

TWO people arrested in connection with the attempted murder of convicted drug dealer Christy Keane have been released from custody without charge.

A 37-year-old man who was arrested the same day as the shooting incident in the University of Limerick, and who was being questioned on suspicion of possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life, was released on Saturday.

Gardai had made a successful application to extend his period of detention, with Chief Superintendent Pat Sullivan telling a special court sitting in Kilmallock that the man had been interviewed for more than 11 hours on seven separate occasions since his arrest.

Separately, a woman in her 20s, who had been arrested on Thursday, was also released without charge.

“Both male and female were released from Garda custody without charge yesterday evening and a file will be prepared for the DPP,” said a garda spokesperson.

A second woman arrested remained in custody as of Sunday.

55-year-old Keane, a well-known convicted drug dealer, sustained a number of gunshot wounds after he was targeted by two masked men in a car park adjacent to the UL Sports arena.

Chief Supt Sullivan explained during the special court sitting last week that gardai were combing CCTV footage, with more than a dozen gardai assigned to source and view additional footage. He said extensive searches had been conducted at three separate locations and that 80 people had been interviewed during house-to-house enquiries.

The results of ballistic tests carried out on two handguns, shell casings and bullet fragments found at the scene of the shooting, plus results of other scientific and forensic tests, were being awaited.

Chief Supt Sullivan told state solicitor Michael Murray that a number of witnesses have been interviewed to date and that more interviews are to take place.

He said several “independent lines of inquiry” are being pursued and that the investigation is being conducted “diligently and expeditiously”.