Two men are taken to hospital after shots fired at the Regency Hotel in Dublin
One man has been shot dead and two others are in hospital after shots were fired at the ‘Clash of the Clans’ weigh-in at a Dublin hotel this afternoon.
Gardaí said three men in their 20s or 30s were injured after multiple shots were fired in the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra at around 2.30pm.
An attendee of the weigh-in was filming at the time and has shared his footage online via The Irish Times:
The three gunmen were dressed as members of the Garda ERU and carried guns that were believed to be AK47s.
A witness told the Irish Independent “Their faces were completely covered but they spoke with strong Dublin accents”.
The gunmen escaped the scene in a van which was found burnt out in the Charlemont Estate shortly after the incident. They are understood to have then escaped on foot through St Vincent’s GAA club towards Killester.
One of the victims was later pronounced dead. The injured have been taken to the Mater and Beaumont hospitals.
The hotel is located on the Swords Road about half way between Collins Avenue and Griffith Ave.
The event was being promoted by MGM. The headline bout scheduled for Saturday night was Jamie Kavanagh versus Joao Bento for the vacant WBO European Lightweight Title in the National Stadium. However the following statement was released by Box Nation.
Following today’s incident at the Dublin weigh in, tomorrow’s show from the National Stadium has been cancelled.
— BoxNation (@boxnationtv) February 5, 2016
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 5, 2016
The scene is sealed off and a Garda technical examination of the area is taking place. A murder investigation has been launched.
Gardaí are appealing for anyone who was in the area of the Regency Hotel or may have information, to contact them at Ballymun Garda station on 01 666 4400.