Three males have died following a shooting incident in Co. Cork.
The shooting took place at a farmhouse outside Kanturk earlier today (Monday, October 26th).
At approximately 6.30 am today (Monday, October 26th), Gardaí in Kanturk were alerted to a critical firearms incident at Assolas, Kanturk.
A short time earlier a female, in her 60s, alerted neighbours that firearms had been discharged at her home.
Gardaí were informed that three males were present in the house, and that one male may have suffered from gunshot wounds.
In a statement, a Garda spokesperson said: “Gardaí from Kanturk responded to the scene arriving shortly afterwards and were informed that further gunshots had been heard locally.”
“Immediately, An Garda Siochana initiated its critical firearms incident response. The scene of the incident, a family home, was contained by local uniform and plainclothes Gardaí supported by armed support unit.”
An operational commander was assigned to control the incident supported by Emergency Response Unit, Armed Support Unit, National Negotiator Unit, Technical Support Unit (Garda Headquarters), Southern Region Dog Unit and Air Support Unit.
Additional support was provided by the HSE National Ambulance Service.
Body of males discovered
“Throughout the morning, Garda negotiators attempted to make contact with any persons in the house.”
“After 1 pm, members of the emergency response unit approached the house and the body of a male in his 20s, with a gunshot wound, was discovered in a bedroom of the house. No other persons were present in the house.”
The Garda Air Support Unit helicopter commenced an aerial search of the adjoining lands. At approximately 1.40pm, two further bodies were discovered in adjoining lands – a male in his late 50s and a male in his 20s.
Preliminary indications indicate both bodies have gunshot wounds, according to the spokesperson.
The Garda Critical Incident response has been stood down.
Both locations have been declared as crime scenes. An Garda Síochána has commenced a full investigation into all the circumstances of the incident under the direction of a senior investigating officer.
The state pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau have been contacted and are on the way to both scenes.
A family liaison officer has been appointed and an incident room has been established in Kanturk.
Appeal for information
“An Garda Síochána is not looking for any other persons in connection with this incident at this time.”
An Garda Síochána is appealing to anyone who may have any information which may assist in the investigation.
Contact investigating Garda at Mallow Garda Station 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.