Two cousins were shot dead outside Tesco in a tragic case of mistaken identity after going out to buy popcorn.
Mark Noonan, 23, and Glen Murphy, 19, were gunned down outside the Dublin supermarket’s petrol station in front of horrified staff.
Both suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene while their partners wondered what had held them up.
Detective Inspector Des McTiernan told an inquest into their deaths today that the pair were “innocent victims in a case of mistaken identity”.
Police believe the cousins were followed by a gang using a tracking device which had mistakenly been put in the car they were travelling in.
No one has ever been charged with the November 2010 shootings and it is feared their killers may never face justice.
Coroner Dr Myra Cullinane said the the deaths of the two young men, both from Dublin, were an ‘indescribable tragedy.’
The cousins left Mr Noonan’s partner’s apartment to buy snacks and cigarettes on the night of November 23, 2010, Dublin Coroner’s Court heard.
Tesco employee Mary O’Brien working in the petrol station when Mr Noonan’s car pulled up to the hatch and a man got out at about 11.40pm.
She told the court: “He asked for 20 John Player Blue. With that I heard a bang. He fell on his back on the ground.
“When I heard the bang I realised straight away that someone had been shot and I panicked. It was only afterwards I found out about the second man.”
Mark Noonan’s partner Antoinette Kiernan said she had given him her phone and bank card to pick up snacks including popcorn.
She and Mr…
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