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Hutch gangster survives second kill bid at house; Cash-in-transit raider targeted in feud shooting.

Byline: JAMES WARD and DAVID COLEMAN

A MAN injured in a house shooting yesterday is believed to be the intended target when innocent dad Martin O'Rourke was killed.

Convicted robber Keith Murtagh, 32, is linked to the Hutch gang which is in the grip of a bloody feud with the Kinahan cartel.

It is believed he fled to the UK after surviving the hit in which 24-year-old Martin was gunned down in Dublin's Sheriff Street last month.

And in the Ballyfermot shooting yesterday he and a woman escaped with minor injuries.

Irish Sunday Mirror photos show bullet holes through the window of the house at Cherry Orchard.

Local Sinn Fein TD Aengus O Snodaigh condemned the attack which put "innocent lives at risk".

He added: "Every effort must be made to bring the attackers to justice. The new Government needs to prioritise tackling gun crime in the capital."

CRIME Murtagh's links with the Hutch gang include his part in an armed cash-in-transit raid along with Derek "Del Boy" Hutch in Lucan, Co Dublin, seven years ago.

Detectives had intelligence of the plot and moved in as the crime was being carried out.

Murtagh was wounded and another of his accomplices, Garrett Molloy, 27, was shot dead when gardai opened fire.

A security source told the Irish Sunday Mirror it is thought around nine shots were fired in the 1.40am attack yesterday.

They added: "Some even hit the home next door.

"If this kind of mindless violence continues, it's only a matter of time before another innocent person is caught up in the crossfire.

"This is a quiet area, full of families and decent people. The simple fact is they are afraid now."

Councillor Daithi Doolan, vice chair of Dublin's policing board, called on Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to "make every resource available" for gardai to catch those behind the attack.

This is an area full of families, simple fact is they are afraid now SECURITY SOURCE last night

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INNOCENT Tragic Martin O'Rourke

INVESTIGATION Cherry Orchard and, inset, Aengus O Snodaigh

BULLET HOLES House in Ballyfermot, Dublin, yesterday

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Date:May 22, 2016
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