The deep sense of shock and disbelief which descended upon the quiet and tranquil village of Golden in the heart of Tipperary prevails this week as locals come to terms with the gangland type assassination of Clonmel native, Shane Rossiter, who was gunned down early on Wednesday morning.
Locals awoke to the sound of gunfire, Garda and emergency services sirens, and the horror which had unfolded close to their parish Church resulted in the village being the centre of attention across all of Ireland as TV crews and news outlets rushed to the scene for reports. The peaceful atmosphere which usually prevails in the village was shattered and replaced by a deep sense of bewilderment as locals tried to understand how such a cold, callous and calculated murder could occur on their doorstep.
30 year old Mr Rossiter was in a house at Church Lane when a man entered that area of the village at around 6.35am and shot the victim, who is from the Clonmel area. Mr Rossiter was taken to South Tipperary General Hospital in Clonmel, where he was later pronounced dead. A post mortem examination was carried out but the results of that post mortem have not been revealed for operational purposes.
The shooting took place at a laneway leading up to the local Church, where there are three local authority houses situated together. The house closest to the Church was closed off following the incident and the State Pathologist carried out a detailed forensic examination having arrived at the scene later in the day.
Gardaí are asking anyone who may have information in relation to the incident, to contact Gardaí at Tipperary Town on 062-80670, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station. It’s understood that the victim answered a knock to the door, and was shot in the stomach. A number of shots were fired, and more than one individual may have been involved in carrying out the shooting. If you saw anyone acting suspiciously in the Golden area; witnessed any strange vehicles in the vicinity; or remember anything unusual from Tuesday night/Wednesday morning please contact the Gardai. Any information, no matter how trivial it may seem, could be vital in bringing the culprits ot justice.
There had been speculation that a Dublin man who was also staying in the house, was the intended victim of the shooting. This man was an associate of Declan O’Reilly, a Dublin criminal shot last month. However it is now believed the Mr Rossiter was indeed the intended victim of the shooting.
Locals say the victim may have just been visiting the village on Tuesday night. Mr Rossiter was well known to Gardaí. His brother, Brian Rossiter, was found dead in a Garda cell in Clonmel 10 years ago ,aged 14 at the time. This latest incident represents a double nightmare for the Rossiter family who are this week trying to come to terms with the killing of Shane Rossiter.