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Body of man with gunshot wounds in car set alight on M1 may have local links

Body of man with gunshot wounds in car set alight on M1 may have local links

Gardaí are investigating if the discovery of a man’s body in a car which was set alight just off the M1 motorway last night is linked to an ongoing feud in Dundalk.

The victim’s remains were discovered in a car at Walshestown near Junction 5 on the M1 with early indications suggesting he had been shot in the head and chest on a quiet country lane.

Gardai are believed to have been informed of the incident shortly before midnight, and the emergency services rushed to the scene.

The car was an Opel Insignia.

The scene has been preserved and a forensic examination will be carried out later this morning.

According to The Irish Independent, Gardaí are treating the case as murder, and will investigate if the killing is linked to ongoing feuds in Dublin or Dundalk.

A statement from Gardaí said: “Gardaí at Balbriggan Co Dublin are investigating a fatal shooting incident which occurred at Rowans Little, Walshstown, Balbriggan, Co Dublin at approximately 11.20pm last night, Tuesday May 21st May 2019.

“Gardaí and emergency services were alerted to a car on fire at the above location and discovered a male (age unknown) with apparent gunshot wounds beside the car.

“The body of the man remains at the scene and the area is currently preserved pending an examination by Garda Crime Scene Examiners. Diversions are in place

“Investigating Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed this incident to contact the incident room at Balbriggan Garda Station on 01- 802 0510, the Garda Confidential Line 1 800 666 111 or any Garda Station.”

There is no spokesperson available at this time. Updates will follow.