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  • 5 May 2014, 14:07

Cornered 'Drugs Dealer' Shot In Face In Gang Hit

An alleged drug smuggler has been shot and killed in a busy Dublin street in a suspected gangland hit.

Christopher Zambra was shot in the face while cowering in a garden after abandoning his car close to the city centre, according to reports.

Zambra had been driving along Cooley Road, Drimnagh, at about 3pm on Sunday, when he was hemmed in by a Nissan Qashqai and a silver saloon car.

Six shots were then fired from a handgun into his Audi A4 before he got out of the car and sought cover, the newspaper said.

He ran along the pavement and into the garden of a house three doors away where his attackers caught up with him and shot him two or three more times.

The hitmen then made their escape and abandoned the Qashqai a short distance away on Benmadigan Road, where they set fire to it with the handgun inside.

The gun was later recovered and police are now examining it and the remains of the vehicle.

Forensic specialists have been at the scene of the shooting where a number of spent cartridges were seen littering the ground.

RTE said a post-mortem on Mr Zambra was due to be carried out but he is believed to have been hit several times by gunfire.

The Irish Independent claimed Zambra, from Drimnagh, in south Dublin, was aged 39 and a full-time drug dealer.

The Irish Times referred to him as a well-known gang figure who was known to associate with another man suspected of ordering the 2012 murder of a member of the Real IRA.

Zambra had been tried for the murder of another known trafficker John Carroll but was acquitted.

He was also an amateur musician who promoted his music on his own website.

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