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Dublin boxing weigh-in shooting: Six involved in murder of David Byrne

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Media captionPolice in the Republic of Ireland appealed for calm after a gun attack at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin in which a man was killed.

Police now believe at least six people were involved in a gun attack at a boxing weigh-in in Dublin in which a man was killed.

The man who died was David Byrne, 33, from Raleigh Square in Crumlin in the south of the city.

Two other men were injured in the attack at the Regency Hotel at about 14:30 local time. One has since checked himself out of hospital.

Irish broadcaster RTÉ is reporting that the other man was shot in the chest.

Police said three of those involved in the attack wore police-style SWAT team uniforms.

Those dressed in the police uniforms were armed with assault rifles.

One of the other gunmen was dressed as a woman and wore a blonde or auburn wig. The other was described as being middle-aged and stocky and wore a beige cap. They were both armed with handguns.

The sixth gang member was driving a getaway van.

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Image caption Mr Byrne's body was removed from the hotel on Friday night

A van was found burned out a short time after the shooting in the Charlemont estate in the Marino area of Dublin.

Police have appealed for information from anyone who may have seen a silver Ford Transit van in the vicinity of the Regency Hotel between 13:30 and 14:30 local time on Friday afternoon.

"Did anybody see this van in the vicinity of Swords Road, Griffith Avenue or the Charlemont estate in Marino between 14:30 and 15:00 or at any time in any location in the last number of days?" Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan added.

The shooting happened during a weigh-in for a World Boxing Organization (WBO) title fight between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio Joao Bento.

Mr Kavanagh tweeted to say he was "OK", adding: "I was lucky today is all I can say."

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny described the attack as "a new low".

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said the shooting was "despicable".

Retaliation fears

RTÉ is reporting that police are concerned that there could be retaliation for the attack.

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Image caption Forensic officers at the scene of the shooting

The broadcaster has said police suspect the shooting could be related to an ongoing feud between two criminal gangs following the murder of Dubliner Gary Hutch in Spain last year.

It said Mr Byrne was well-known to police and had been questioned several times over serious and organised crime.

'Never felt terror like it'

BBC Radio Foyle's sports reporter Kevin McAnena, who was at the weigh-in, said he "never felt terror like it" when one of the attackers pointed a gun at him.

He said he saw one of the gunmen shoot a man in the leg "about six feet away" from him.

"I heard two loud gunshots from outside coming into the hotel," he said.

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Media captionReporter Kevin McAnena was at the boxing match weigh-in when gunmen opened fire.

"At which point, two men, who I thought were [police] officers - turns out they were just dressed up in [police] uniform - came in with guns."

'Pointed the gun at me'

He said he believed "the man I saw shot is the man that is now dead".

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Image caption Police now believe six people were involved in the attack

"That same gunman then looked over at me and pointed the gun at me," he said.

"[Police] have told me since that [the guns] were AK47 rifles.

"It's so surreal, it just happened so quickly, right in front of me.

"A man was shot dead six feet away from me - it's hard to gather your thoughts right now."

The pay-per-view channel Box Nation was due to broadcast Saturday's fight as part of the Clash of the Clans show at Dublin's National Stadium.

But it has said the event has now been cancelled.

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Image caption The hotel was cordoned off by police for a forensic examination after the attack

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