Coolock Shooting – Gardai Appealing for Witnesses

At approximately 6.25 am, 8th February 2019, a shooting incident occurred at Marigold Crescent, Darndale, Coolock.

A 39 year old man, John Lawless, was shot as he walked from his home along Marigold Crescent on his way to work.  He was critically injured and removed by ambulance to Beaumont Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

Shortly after the shooting a silver Ford Focus car, registration number 132-D-, was found partially burnt out at Greenwood Avenue off Blunden Drive, Coolock a short time after the shooting. It is believed that this car may have been used in the shooting and was stolen in the course of a burglary in the Santry area on the 1st January 2019.

The two scenes at Marigold Crescent and Greenwood Avenue have been examined by a team from the Garda Technical Bureau.  The Coroner and State Pathologist Offices were informed. The body of Mr. Lawless was taken to the Dublin City Mortuary, Whitehall.  A post mortem examination is being performed by the Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis.

A motive for the shooting has not been established at this stage.  There is nothing to suggest that it has any connection with gangland crime or any major feud.  The victim is not known to Gardaí for involvement in serious criminal activity. 

Gardaí want to appeal to anybody who may have witnessed the shooting at Marigold Crescent; who may have observed the silver Ford Focus car prior to the shooting or after the shooting while travelling from the Darndale area across Malahide Road towards Blunden Drive and Greenwood Avenue,  (This would have been at the start of the busy commuter period for work and schools), or who may have noticed anything suspicious in the vicinity of the Resource Centre in Darndale, Marigold Crescent or Greenwood Avenue.

Any motorist who may have travelled the areas mentioned with dashcam footage are asked to check the recordings and contact us if there may be something of value to the investigation or any person who may have any information to contact Coolock Garda Station on 01- 6664200; Garda Confidential Telephone line 1-800- 666-111 or any Garda Station. 

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Written by Jasmine Woolley