Father of Irish Olympic champion Katie Taylor shot at boxing club

July 22, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

A 30-year old man has been killed and two other men seriously injured after a shooting at a boxing club in Ireland linked to Olympic champion Katie Taylor.

The attack happened at Bray Boxing Club in Co Wicklow about 6.55am on Tuesday.

Gardai said the body of the man remains at the scene pending the arrival of the State Pathologist.

The other two men, aged 35 and 57, who were injured in the incident, have been taken to hospital.

Chris Fox, chairman of Bray Municipal Council, which is part of Wicklow County Council, said  Mr Taylor, Katie’s father, was one of those shot.

Fellow councillor Michael O’Connor added: "Pete Taylor was shot."

Gardai said a suspect fled the scene in a silver-coloured Volkswagen Caddy van with Northern Irish plates.

They are appealing for anyone with any information to contact them.

A technical examination of the area is being carried out by specialist officers.

The boxing club was established by Mr Taylor, the father of Katie, Ireland’s world and Olympic champion boxer.

The club is located at the harbour in Bray town.

There was a heavy gardai presence at the scene on Tuesday as officers investigated the shooting.

Local Sinn Fein TD John Brady tweeted: "Absolutely shocking news coming from Bray Boxing club this morning. Another dark day for Bray."

Ireland’s health minister Simon Harris, who represents the constituency of Wicklow, tweeted: "Shocking news in Bray this morning. I have no doubt that the Gardai are doing all they can to apprehend those responsible."

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