Gunmen have killed a boxing fan and injured two others after bursting into the Regency Hotel in Dublin during a weigh in event. Witnesses claimed the men were dressed as policemen and brandished what are thought to be AK-47s.
Spectators were sent scrambling for safety during the ensuing chaos. The Garda and paramedics are at the scene and Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted: "We're responding to a serious incident in a hotel in Whitehall, crews from Finglas, P'boro + advanced paramedics."
The shooting happened at 2.30pm at the hotel, on the Swords Road, during a weigh-in for tomorrow's WBO European Lightweight title fight between Jamie Kavanagh v Antonio Jao Bento, which is past of an event called "Clash of the Clans" at the National Arena in Tallaght.
Boxing broadcaster Box Nation was scheduled to show an undercard fight between Gary Corcoran and Danny Butler but it could not say if the fight would be postponed when asked by IBTimes UK.
A video of the shooting from inside the hotel has also emerged, which includes the voice of a small child pleading "daddy, help me" during the panic.
Mel Christle, president of the Boxing Union of Ireland and at the scene of the weigh-in, told the Associated Press there was "no doubt" the shootings were not indiscriminate.
A statement released by the Garda have confirmed: "[We] are investigating a shooting incident at the Regency Hotel, Swords Road, Dublin 9. The incident occurred at about 2.30pm on Friday 5 February. Emergency services responding to reports of a shooting discovered three men, all in their twenties or thirties, injured at the scene.
"One of these men was subsequently pronounced dead. Two others were removed to The Mater and Beaumont hospitals with possible gunshot wounds."
The promoter of the fight night was MGM Marbella, a stable of boxers run by Matt Macklin. Macklin is friends with Daniel Kinahan, a member of the Kinahan crime syndicate, who previously said he was living in fear of gangland reprisals. It was outside Kinahan's Spanish villa that retired boxer Jamie Moore was shot in 2014.
Anyone with information about the shooting should contact Gardai at Ballymun Garda Station on 01 666 4400.