Manhunt launched after Fitness instructor (29) shot dead outside Eddie Rockets

  • Victim named locally as John Gibson from Lucan
  • Gibson was a close friend of Darragh Nugent who was shot dead last week
  • It was fourth murder in West Dublin feud
  • Burnt-out van, believed to have been used in the hit discovered

A fitness instructor has become the latest murder victim in a west Dublin feud.

John Gibson (29) was gunned down in a car park in Fortunestown Lane, Tallaght, at around 9.20pm last night.

Gibson was close pals with Darragh Nugent (36), who was shot dead in west Dublin last week.

Both men were associated with jailed hitman James ‘Nellie’ Walsh.

Gardai believe the murders were carried out by a west Dublin gang who are intent on wiping out Walsh’s outfit.

The gang suspected of murdering Gibson have links to the Kinahan cartel and are considered among the biggest drug distributors in west Dublin - writes

It is understood that Gibson was blasted several times as he sat in his car outside Eddie Rockets outlet.

A gunman, who was driven to the scene in a van, opened fire on Gibson, who tried to get out of his car and flee.

He suffered at least one catastrophic gunshot wound to the head.

Gardaí at the scene of the shooting

10 10 Gardaí at the scene of the shooting

Gibson was taken to Tallaght Hospital but was pronounced dead a short time later.

The van was later recovered burnt out on nearby Verschoyle Green. A magazine clip was also recovered from the front seat.

The scene surrounding an Eddie Rockets fast food restaurant at Citywest Shopping Centre 50 metres from the scene was sealed off.

Gardai are treating last night’s shooting as the fourth murder linked to the bitter west Dublin feud, which has escalated in the past fortnight.

Gibson was not considered a major gangland criminal, and had only a number of minor convictions including one for simple possession of drugs when he was caught with three ecstasy tablets in Swords last year.

However, he had close links to Walsh, who is currently serving a lengthy sentence over firearms.


Walsh, backed up by Nugent, became a player in the west Dublin crime scene around five years ago and ended up getting involved in a bitter dispute with a Clondalkin gang with close links to the cartel.

As the dispute intensified, the gang tried to murder Walsh in the early hours of August 24, 2013, at Harelawn Green in Clondalkin.

Instead, innocent Dean Johnson, who had been socialising earlier with the intended target, was shot dead in a case of mistaken identity.

Sources said this infuriated Walsh, who decided to take revenge on the rival mob.

Within five days, cartel- linked criminal Jason ‘Jay’ Carroll (39) was shot dead at his home in Clondalkin.

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