Gangsters Hunted as Champagne Patrick Shot Dead in Pub

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Byline: Alan Sherry Crime Reporter

GARDAI are hunting two men after drug dealer Patrick 'Champagne' Carroll was gunned down in a busy Dublin pub.

Detectives believe the murdered gangster, who has links to a number of notorious underworld figures, may have been targeted by Dublin-based dissident republicans now heavily involved in crime.

The father of three - who was suspected of importing drugs in horse boxes from Britain - was shot six times in Grumpy Jack's pub near The Coombe hospital in Dublin's south inner city.

The two killers pulled up on a motorcycle outside the bustling pub at around 9.30pm on Wednesday.

The pillion passenger ran inside and emptied his gun into Carroll, 33, and fled as about 20 terrified customers dived for cover.

One local man described how his girlfriend had just walked out of the pub when the killer brushed passed her.

He said: 'My girlfriend went into the pub to see if I was there but I wasn't.

'She just left as the gunman went in. She's in bed at the moment - she's still in shock.' Supt Thady Muldoon of Kevin Street Garda station said: 'We are appealing to anyone who saw the mid-range motorbike used by the men, which we believe was blue.

'It departed from the Coombe in the direction of Dean Street, Patrick Street and Kevin Street shortly after 9.30pm.'

Though he was known to gardai, Carroll had not come to their attention recently.

Carroll, from French Mullen flats on Charlemont Street, Dublin 2, was closely linked to a drug gang that supplies large quantities to a number of gangs including the notorious dealers in Coolock and the surrounding areas on the northside, as well as gangsters in Crumlin and Drimnagh on the southside. …