A man in his early 30s has been shot dead in Clogherhead, Co. Louth this afternoon. It happened at a caravan park on the Clogherhead to Termonfeckin Road at 2:50pm.
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. It’s understood that the shooting is linked to the ongoing criminal gang feud in Drogheda.
The scene has been preserved for a technical examination and an incident room set up at Drogheda garda station.
A garda spokesman said: “Gardaí are currently at the scene of a fatal shooting incident that occurred at approximately 2.50pm today Tuesday 27th August 2019 at a caravan park on the Clogherhead to Termonfeckin road at Clogherhead, County Louth.
“A male in his early 30s was pronounced dead at the scene. The scene is currently preserved for technical examination.
“An incident room has been established at Drogheda Garda Station. Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to come forward, particularly anyone who may have noticed anything suspicious in the Clogherhead area earlier today.
“Anyone with information can contact Drogheda Garda Station on 041 987 4200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. No further information is available at this time.”
A violent dispute has been raging for over a year between a criminal and Traveller gang in Drogheda, which has included shootings, petrol bomb attacks and abductions.
Earlier this year, 25 new Garda recruits were sent to the town to free up more senior officers to contain the feud.