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Gunman wore no mask as he cycled round waiting for shooting victim Jordan Davis

Dublin Live logo Dublin Live 23/05/2019 Niall O'Connor & Gavin O'Callaghan
a group of teddy bears sitting next to a fence: 23/05/2019 Friends at the scene where Jordan Davis was shot dead beside Our Lady Immaculate Junior School, Darndale, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins © Gareth Chaney/Collins 23/05/2019 Friends at the scene where Jordan Davis was shot dead beside Our Lady Immaculate Junior School, Darndale, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Investigators believe a drug gang dispute over money is the reason Sean Little and Jordan Davis were blasted to death.

Multiple sources have told Dublin Live it is understood the pair owed tens of thousands of euro.

It is also believed one of the men, when confronted by the gang about the debt, used the name of a senior Kinahan organised crime group member.

Investigations are also under way on a second theory the men may have attacked a house belonging to a serious criminal, although this has not been confirmed.

A source said: “Officially gardai are refusing to be drawn on the motive but so far the investigation is leading directly to the suspicion both these men were drug dealers.

“They fell foul of a major player in Dublin’s gangland, they owed massive money, tens of thousands of euro, and these killings were ordered because of that. 

“There are other theories doing the rounds that they attacked houses and other locations, but for the time being the chief theory is they got in too deep and owed money they could not pay back.

“One figure being bandied around regarding Jordan Davis is upwards of €30,000 – it is just a massive figure.”

a close up of text on a white background: Flowers at the scene where Jordan Davis was shot dead beside Our Lady Immaculate Junior School, Darndale, Dublin. © Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins Flowers at the scene where Jordan Davis was shot dead beside Our Lady Immaculate Junior School, Darndale, Dublin.

Dublin Live has learned hundreds of lines of inquiry have been issued to detectives to follow up.

The horror killings came 16 hours apart. Little was found blasted to death next to a burning car in a laneway near Walshestown, 5km from Balbriggan, North Co Dublin, on Tuesday night.

A source added: “It is now believed he was lured to a meeting with someone he knew but it was all a set-up.”

The murder of Davis happened at 4pm on Wednesday in the Marigold Road area of Darndale, North Dublin.

A source said: “He was walking his four-month-old son. The gunman, on a bicycle, threatened a man who was walking with Davis to take care of the baby. Then Davis fled but was gunned down.

“The unmasked gunman on an orange or red bicycle had been in the area several times over a 24-hour period just hanging around.

“Then he was constantly there for several hours before the shooting.

“It is believed people do not know him but as he wasn’t wearing a mask CCTV in the area will pick his face up.”

Jordan Davis © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Jordan Davis

Yesterday, flowers were left at the location where Little’s body was found in a laneway just off the M1 at junction five.

Gardai continued to search the fields and boreens as tributes were placed at the entrance to the crime scene.

In Darndale, just feet from a nearby school and church, a shrine sprung up to pay tribute to Davis.

Pals placed a framed photograph, candle and flowers with a card. They also left a jambon, bottles of Ribena and Capri Sun.

Fr Edward Quinn, who heard the shots, administered the last rights to Davis.

He revealed: “I had a ring at the door, a lady said come quick. Down the lane there was a chap obviously had been shot.

“I brought the holy oils with me and gave him the last rites because he had obviously lost his life at that point. There is a huge sense of shock and loss here at the moment.”

a person posing for the camera: Sean Little © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Sean Little

In Ballymun Garda station, Assistant Commissioner Pat Leahy, flanked by Det Supt Paul Scott and Supt Brian Daly, appealed for help.

Asst Comm Leahy added: “We are appealing to the young people out there at the moment, not only in Dublin but across the country, please do not get involved at any level with the drugs trade. We consistently hear comments, ‘He’s only doing a little bit of low-level dealing, he’s only taking a little bit of gear here and there’.

“What we are saying to the public and to parents and to young men and women is please, please do not get involved at any level.

“Low-level dealing now is enough to have your life taken at a young age and we’ve seen it time and time again across the city over the last number of weeks and the last number of years.

“Do not get involved with drugs trade at any level.”

The senior officer praised the Darndale community for their help in the investigation but pleaded for more assistance.

a man holding a bat on a field: Members of the Gardai searching Belcamp lane, Dublin following the fatal shooting of Jordan Davis in Darndale © Gareth Chaney/Collins Members of the Gardai searching Belcamp lane, Dublin following the fatal shooting of Jordan Davis in Darndale

He said: “I want to say to the community, thanks for the engagement and commitment you’ve shown in giving us the info we need to pursue these incidents.

“We know the red mountain bike that was involved in this was in the area in the days preceding the killing and we also know it was there in the hours preceding it.

“So people there that know something that haven’t yet come forward, be very sensitive.”

When asked if there was a link between the two deaths, or if a video of an attack on a house was to blame for the murders, Asst Comm Leahy replied: “We’re not making a connection at this point in time.

“We will pursue all avenues and maybe that will be part of the investigation as we move forward but at the moment we are not making a link between the two killings.”

He assured people in the Darndale area that a strong Garda presence would be maintained.

Gardai yesterday closed off another scene at Belcamp Lane after a bike possibly used by the killer was found. 

It lay just a few hundred metres from the home Davis’ mother was forced out of after it came under attack in recent months.

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