A MAN in his 50s has been found dead in the grounds of a Dublin firing range in what appears to have been an accidental shooting.
An investigation has been launched folowing the discovery of a body in the grounds of a shooting range in Swords, County Dublin yesterday afternoon.
The Irish Times reports that Gardaí do not believe there was any third party involved in the shooting, and are investigating the possibility that the man's gun discharged accidentally.
His body was discovered on Sunday afternoon, 15 February, by a passerby. Emergency services were called but the man was pronounced dead on the scene.
A post mortem is underway and the man's firearm is being examined as part of the inquiry, but Gardaí are reportedly working under the assumption that the man was injured while on his own and his body was not discovered for some time.
A Garda spokesperson told The Irish Times yesterday:
“Gardaí were alerted to the incident and the body remains at [the] scene. A post mortem will be conducted and the results of the post mortem will determine the course of the investigation. Investigations ongoing.”
It is expected that the Garda inquiry will not be criminal in nature and will instead focus on the circumstances which led to the man's death.