GANGLAND figure Christy Keane is in a critical condition following a shooting incident on the grounds of the University of Limerick early this morning.
The 54-year-old convicted drug dealer was shot a number of times as he was parking his car near the UL Sports Arena shortly before 7am.
A garda spokesperson confirmed Keane, who regularly used the gym facilities at UL, was approached by two armed and masked men as he parked his car in the grounds of the University of Limerick.
“He was shot a number of times as he fled on foot. The males left the scene in a car. The injured male was taken by Ambulance to University Hospital Limerick. His condition is understood to be critical,” said a garda spokesman.
Supt Derek Smart, who is leading the investigation, has appealed for anybody who was in the vicinity if UL this morning to come forward.
“We are obviously looking to make an appeal to anybody that may have been on the road from 6 o’clock this morning in or around the University of Limerick itself - I know a lot of swim teams come here at that hour of the morning - if they may pick up the phone and give us a call in regard to anything they may have seen around the area,” he said.
A number of areas near where the shooting happened remains sealed off to facilitate forensic tests. CCTV footage is also being harvested by detectives.
An area in Monaleen has also been sealed after a burned-out car was located a short time after the shooting.
Gardai at Henry Street are investigating the incident.
A statement released by the University of Limerick said: “An incident in a UL campus car park this morning is currently the subject of a Garda investigation. All University facilities are open and functioning as normal, including the University Arena.”