An inquest has heard that a 38-year-old man, who was gunned down outside his home in Bettystown, in an incident linked to the Drogheda drug feud, died from a gunshot wound to his stomach.

Louth County Coroner Ronan Maguire explained to the family of Richard Carberry that he could only hear brief medical evidence as he had been requested by Gardaí to adjourn the inquest as a criminal investigation is ongoing.

Peter Carberry told the inquest, which was formally opened in Drogheda yesterday, that he was at home in bed on the night of November 4th, 2019, when he was told that his son Richard had been shot.

He went to the emergency department at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda where the medical staff were still working on his son, but he was then told there was nothing more that could be done and he identified his son’s body to a Garda at 1.11am

The Garda told the hearing that he was on duty in the Laytown patrol car, when he was alerted to a shooting in Castlemartin Drive in Bettystown, where he came across Richard Carberry, who was bleeding. He was unable to speak and a number of people were attempting to render medical assistance to him.

The witness told how a garda drove the ambulance from the scene to the hospital, while a nurse and two paramedics continued to treat the 39-year-old, who suffered a cardiac arrest en route to the emergency department, and following 35 minutes of CPR, he was pronounced dead at 12.57am.

A post-mortem was subsequently performed by Assistant State Pathologist Dr. Margaret Bolster, who found the cause of death was haemorrhaging and shock due to a gunshot wound to the abdomen.

In adjourning the inquest, Louth County Coroner Ronan Maguire extended his heartfelt sympathy to Mr. Carberry’s family saying he was a young man, who had met his death in a tragic and senseless way.