GARDAí in Tipperary Town have named the man who was fatally shot at a house in Golden, Tipperary on Wednesday morning as Shane Rossiter (30).
A Post Mortem examination has been concluded and the results are not being disclosed for operational reasons. No arrests have been made at this stage. Investigations are ongoing.
Gardaí believe a man entered the Church Lane 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.
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 on Wednesday morning (Oct 17th), and the State Pathologist carried out a forensic examination.
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. So far, no details have emerged as to what weapon was used.
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. It’s now believed the Mr Rossiter was 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 was Brian Rossiter, who was found dead in a Garda cell in Clonmel 10 years ago. Brian was aged 14 at the time.
Local people in Golden have described a huge sense of shock in the quiet west Tipperary village.