County Cork shooting: Three found dead after reports of gunfire

Vincent Wood

Three men have been found dead in County Cork following reports of a shooting.

The body of a man in his 20s was found in a bedroom of a property at Assolas, Kanturk, in the north east of the county.

The bodies of another man in his 20s and a man in his 50s were later found on adjoining land.

Gardai were at the address from 6.30am on Monday after a woman in her 60s raised the alarm that firearms may have been discharged at her home.

Officers initiated their critical firearms incident response, and negotiators attempted to make contact with anyone in the property during the morning.

After 1pm, officers approached the house where they found the first body with gunshots wounds.

An aerial search revealed the other two bodies.

A Garda spokesman said preliminary indications suggest both of those had gunshot wounds.

A full investigation has been launched, and the state pathologist and the Garda Technical Bureau are to visit both scenes.

The Garda spokesman added: "An Garda Siochana is not looking for any other persons in connection with this incident at this time."

However an appeal has been made for witnesses or information, with anyone who may be able to assist asked to contact investigating gardai at Mallow Garda Station on 022 31450, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.