Dublin gangster Tristan Sherry was shot in the head with his own gun before being stabbed to death during botched hit, it is revealed as police prepare major security operation for his funeral amid reprisal fears
Tristan Sherry, a steakhouse gunman from Dublin, was shot in the head with his own gun while being stabbed to death in a botched hit on Christmas Eve, it has been revealed.
The 26-year-old gangster marched into Browne's Steakhouse and opened fire on a 47-year-old man who was dining with his son in Blanchardstown, Dublin, at around 8pm on December 24, but was quickly stopped, disarmed and stabbed as many as 30 times .
Sherry reportedly tried to escape through a locked door but was attacked and killed, it has now been revealed. Police are still looking for the submachine gun he used in the attack and a missing accomplice who is believed to have escaped in a white Audi.
Amid fears that the gangs' reprisals could reignite a years-long feud between warring gangs, police are expected to mount a major security operation in the coming days ahead of Sherry's funeral, plans for which have not yet been announced.
It has since been revealed that Sherry was involved in an attack on a rival gang member in the nearby village of Mulhuddart in 2019 at the height of the Corduff Feud, a wave of violence that included machete attacks, shootings near schools and arson in Dublin.
Tristan Sherry (pictured) is alleged to have shot a man at Browne's Steakhouse in Blanchardstown, west Dublin, on Christmas Eve. However, after entering the restaurant, Sherry was overpowered and stabbed to death during the attack
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A forensic investigator speaks to Garda officers at the scene in Blanchardstown, Dublin on December 25, 2023, a day after Sherry entered and opened fire on a man in his 40s
Gardaí in Dublin have already carried out searches as they anticipate the threat of retaliatory violence for the attack carried out by Sherry, a source said. The Irish Independent.
Detectives say the attack on the steakhouse on Sunday was likely spontaneous, but Sherry may have been pressured by his gang members to carry out the attack.
The intended victim of the attack, who was shot during the collision, remains in a serious condition in Dublin's Connolly Hospital.
Sherry's family set up a fundraiser to help pay for his funeral, but have since deleted the page without saying why.
They set out to raise €7,000 (£6,077) to cover funeral costs after he died in west Dublin – and within days raised at least 27 donations, totaling hundreds of euros, from family, friends and well-wishers.
The page was removed on December 27, a Gofundme spokesperson told MailOnline last night. 'This fundraising campaign is within the stated deadlines and has been stopped by the organisers.
“We do not allow fundraising for the legal defense of violent crimes. Fundraising for their families to pay for their funerals is permitted.”
Gardaí are now preparing for possible reprisals ahead of the funeral by increasing the number of uniformed and armed patrols in the area as they continue to search for a missing accomplice and a missing submachine gun.
The attack has revived fears of a return to the Corduff Feud's regular clashes in 2019.
Dublin became embroiled in a brutal war between drug gangs four years ago, with violent crimes largely suppressed by a dedicated no-nonsense police campaign.
It is believed that Sherry belongs to the Finglas-based gang of a 'Mr Flashy', the 'Westies', which is battling the Blanchardstown mafia.
The Corduff Feud began when a Dublin gang split into two family factions, the Irish Times reported already in 2019.
The divisions came into conflict over control of the region's drug trade – a market that had seen a major contraction in previous years amid the recession, Garda sources. participation.
This week it was revealed that Sherry was involved in an attack on a man in the village of Mulhuddart in 2019, in which seven shots were fired at a car.
Gardaí had already identified the threat and warned the victim that his life was in danger, allowing him to flee unharmed before burning out his own car and refusing to cooperate with the investigation.
“Sherry has been in business for a number of years,” a source told The Irish Sun. 'He was the main suspect in the 2019 shooting in the village of Mulhuddart and then on Christmas Eve he went looking for another man. But he was never the smartest, and this shooting underlines that.”
Police are now advising the public to be wary of speculation and misinformation circulating on social media as footage of the attack emerges.
Footage showed a man lying on the ground covered in blood as he was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head with a chair.
Other videos showed people hiding under tables and screaming.
A source told The Irish Sun that the attack was unfolding in a way that was bound to lead to chaos.
“There's one way into that restaurant and one way out. To walk in covered and with a gun, as he did in a crowded restaurant, it just caused total chaos,” they said.
“And it appears that after the shooting he tried to find another exit but couldn't. He was then arrested and it is clear that he himself suffered a horrible death.'
Police patrol the street outside the steakhouse where one man was killed and another shot
Videos shared online appear to show people in the restaurant ducking and someone else running for cover
Gardai continue to investigate the attack and say A Garda Family Liaison Officer (FLO) has been appointed to liaise with both families.
Anyone with information about this incident or who may have video footage is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station on 01 666 7000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any other Garda station.