Fatal Shooting in Swords, Dublin

Investigations have begun after the fatal shooting of Swords local Zach Parker last night, January 17, 2019.

A media brief was held today regarding the death of the 23 year old at Applewood Close in Swords, Co. Dublin and Gardai are asking for anyone with information to come forward.

At approximately 7:30pm a lone male approached and fired a number of shots at a slow moving car as it was driven from Applewood Close onto Jugback Lane. The driver of the car, Zach Parker from Swords, was fatally injured. His passenger, a 25-year-old man also from the Swords area, was seriously injured and taken by Ambulance to Beaumont Hospital. The gunman left the scene on foot onto Jugback Lane in the direction of Balheary Road.  

The body of the deceased has been removed to the City Morgue, Whitehall where a post-mortem examination will be conducted later today by the Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margot Bolster. The passenger remains in Beaumont Hospital where his condition is understood to be stable. Members of the Garda Technical Bureau are examining a number of crime scenes linked with the investigation and an incident room has been established at Swords Garda Station.

Speaking from the crime scene this afternoon Superintendent Gerard Donnelly said; – “My appeal is for witnesses who may have been in the Applewood area between 6:30pm and 8:00pm last night, particularly those around the Gym Plus premises, Applewood Close, Jugback Lane and the Balheary Road area of Swords and to any motorists with dash-cam footage to make it available.”

The Superintendent also said; – “The gunman described as tall, of athletic build and wearing a black hoodie top with a black scarf covering his face, black tracksuit bottoms and black trainers with white soles. It’s understood he was carrying a grey or light coloured rucksack that may have concealed the firearm. Anyone who can assist with the investigation is asked to contact the Incident Room at Swords Garda Station on 01 6664700 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.”

No arrests have been made to date and enquiries are ongoing. Further updates will follow.
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Written by Jasmine Woolley