In a tragic turn of events, Clinton McCormack, a 44-year-old man who fell victim to a shooting in Co Wicklow last week, has succumbed to his injuries and passed away at St Vincent’s Hospital.
The incident occurred at Bellevue near Greystones, Co Wicklow, where McCormack and his adult teenage son were engaged in exterior insulation work on a house in Delgany. Two masked gunmen, seemingly intent on causing harm, arrived at the scene and unleashed multiple shots from two handguns.
Despite their reckless attack, McCormack managed to evade serious injury, finding refuge behind a van. However, the assailants failed to escape without consequences, as McCormack’s adult teenage son was shot in the legs during the incident.
Tragically, McCormack’s demise took an unexpected turn, unrelated to the gunshot wounds. It has been revealed that he suffered from a previously undiagnosed brain condition, leading to grave medical complications over the weekend.
While it remains uncertain if his death will elevate the investigation to a murder probe, authorities are conducting a post-mortem examination to determine the course of the inquiry. McCormack, who had been residing in Co Wexford, had traveled to the work site from his home. The gang responsible for the attack allegedly received intelligence about his presence at the Bellevue Hill housing development in Delgany.
Gardaí at Greystones are actively investigating the shooting incident and assault, appealing for witnesses to come forward. They are also seeking information on the movements of a 2007 black Ford Focus hatchback in the Delgany area between 3 pm and 5 pm on December 14, 2023.
This is not the first attempt on McCormack’s life; in 2016, he narrowly escaped another hit orchestrated by a convicted rapist, Eoghan O’Connell. In the recent incident, the prime suspects are believed to be a Bray-based organized crime gang, notorious for drug-related activities in the north Wicklow area.
Notably, Eoghan O’Connell, currently serving a 12-year sentence for a previous attempted gun murder on McCormack, is associated with this criminal group. The community is left in shock as they grapple with the complexities of a shooting incident that took an unexpected turn with McCormack’s untimely demise.