By Cormac Looney
Friday May 08 2009
GARDAI believe drug dealer BJ Clarke was murdered in a tit-for-tat killing as part of a north Dublin feud that is spiralling out of control.
Sources said it was thought that the assassination of Clarke, and the attempted murder of two friends at an Artane apartment complex yesterday, was carried out by associates of David 'Fred' Lynch, a Darndale criminal was lured to on waste ground at Belcamp Lane, and shot dead six weeks ago.
Officers believe that the murders represent the implosion of a criminal gang that had supplied heroin and cocaine in Coolock, Darndale and Baldoyle in recent years.
At least two other attacks linked to the feud were carried out last year.
John 'BJ' Clarke was hit seven times in the chest when a gunman fired 13 shots at his BMW as it drove into the underground car park of the Brookwood Abbey apartment complex, in Artane at 3am yesterday.
The gunman emptied a full magazine from a Glock 9mm handgun at the car.
Clarke's girlfriend lived in the block, and he was returning there with two friends after watching the Chelsea-Barcelona Champions League game.
The 21-year-old victim, from Beauvale Park in Artane, was known to gardai as the chief enforcer for a criminal gang based in Darndale.
The two men who were with Clarke when he was shot are recovering from their injuries.
Michael McCabe was shot in the hand and drove his dying pal to Beaumont Hospital. He told paramedics that a third man, Glen Larkin, was lying injured on Gracefield Avenue.
Gardai believe that the killers broke the apartment gates last week, allowing them to easily access the apartment block. CCTV from the car park is being examined.
The murder is the 12th gangland killing of 2009.