Criminal shot as he left church in row over woman

| May 29, 2010

A gunman waited for his victim to leave a church service before shooting him in broad daylight.

It is believed that criminal Joseph Zambra was tracked to a car in Inchicore last weekend after earlier attending the Christening of a young relative.

As he sat in a car at Ring Road a gunman walked up and fired a number of shots into the vehicle, hitting Zambra in the shoulder. A second man, with him in the vehicle, was hit in the arm.

The shooting took place at 11am last Saturday, as children played nearby and local residents went about their morning business.

According to sources in the Garda serious crime units, the shooting is believed to be linked to a row over a woman.


Gardai suspect that Zambra (33) was shot and injured over a row he had with a man from the Crumlin area.

The two men are understood to have fallen out over a woman, who was a former pal of Zambra's. Threats were issued following the row, and gardai are investigating if the shooting is linked to this. Officers were shocked by the fact that the attack was carried out in a small residential street, and that the target had apparently been tracked to the church.

A source said: "It appears that the shooter may have had his target under surveillance at a church service.

"The motive for the attack appears to be an argument over a woman, known to both Zambra and the shooting suspect."


Zambra was sitting in a black Renault when the gunman walked up to the car and fired through a side window. Zambra was hit in the shoulder, and the other man in the arm, but both narrowly avoided serious injury.

Garda investigations into the matter are continuing.

Zambra, from Inagh Road in Ballyfermot, first came to prominence over his role in a notorious crime which led to a man being murdered near Dublin Airport 11 years ago.

The criminal was jailed for four years for the false imprisonment of Noel Heffernan, who was later beaten to death. Zambra claimed he did not know that a murder would take place.

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