Limerick shooting victim dies in hospital

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

A TWENTY-one-year-old Limerick man who was shot outside a hotel in Bunratty yesterday morning has died in hospital.

A TWENTY-one-year-old Limerick man who was shot outside a hotel in Bunratty yesterday morning has died in hospital.

The victim, who has been named locally as Robert Sheehan from Pineview Gardens, Moyross, died from his injuries this evening at the Mid Western Regional Hospital.

He was shot a number of times at around 3.40am when he was approached by at least one gunman in the car park of the Bunratty Castle Hotel where he had been attending a family wedding.

According to gardai, the culprits escaped in a dark coloured saloon-type car and they are appealing to anyone who may seen the car before or after the shooting to contact them.

Two men, who were arrested in Cork City at around 11am yesterday remain in garda custody this evening.

They are being questioned at Ennis and Shannon garda stations under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.

At a news briefing this afternoon, Supt Derek Smart confirmed that a “short-type” firearm was recovered near the scene of yesterday’s shooting and that it has been sent for forensic analysis at Garda headquarters.

A car which was seized in Cork is also being examined as part of the investigation.

A full-scale murder investigation is now underway involving more that 100 garda from the Clare and Limerick divisions.

An incident room has been established at Shannon Garda station which can be contacted at (061) 361212.