OLYMPIC BOX­ING BABE’S DAD SHOT BY HIT­MAN

Midweek Sport - - FRONT PAGE - By MICHAEL McHUGH [email protected]­daysport.co.uk

THE father of Olympic box­ing gold medal­list Katie Tay­lor has sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries in a shoot­ing, po­lice said.

Pete Tay­lor, 57, was at Bray Box­ing Club in Bray, Co Wick­low, about to start a ses­sion with up to 20 peo­ple shortly be­fore 7am yes­ter­day, when the at­tack hap­pened.

A 30-year-old man was killed and an­other, aged 35, was in­jured, Irish po­lice said, in an at­tack which came “out of the blue”.

The club was where Tay­lor – Ire­land’s Olympic, Euro­pean and World cham­pion – be­gan her ca­reer.

Hand­gun

The gym was es­tab­lished by Mr Tay­lor and Katie went on to win gold at Lon­don 2012.

A gun­man wear­ing a bal­a­clava or hel­met and armed with what po­lice be­lieve was a hand­gun en­tered the gym. One man died at the scene, Garda Supt Pat Ward said, and two oth­ers were hos­pi­talised.

He said: “We are not giv­ing out full de­tails of the in­juries re­ceived. What we can say is they are not life-threat­en­ing. They are very, very se­ri­ous but they are not life-threat­en­ing at the mo­ment as we un­der­stand it.”

The as­sailant may have been wear­ing a hi-vis yel­low jacket.

Mr Ward said detectives were still work­ing to es­tab­lish a mo­tive, say­ing po­lice were not sure whether the at­tack was tar­geted or in­dis­crim­i­nate.

They were not aware of any pre-ex­ist­ing threats to any gym mem­ber. Mr Ward said the dead man was at­tend­ing a reg­u­lar fit­ness ses­sion.

“This man was just us­ing the gym like any­one else be­fore he was un­for­tu­nately killed,” he said.

He added: “It was a nor­mal ses­sion on a nor­mal day and it was be­ing un­der­taken by peo­ple who nor­mally un­der­take that ses­sion in the early hours of the morn­ing.

“This came to­tally out of the blue. It was a nor­mal day for all of those peo­ple in the gym.”

He said it was un­clear whether the gun­man had an ac­com­plice, adding: “We know one per­son en­tered the gym and came out and made their getaway in that sil­ver VW Caddy with a North­ern Ire­land reg­is­tered num­ber.

“We don’t know if there was any­one else in that van with him. That’s some­thing that we are try­ing to find out.”

WIN­NER: Katie on her way to Olympic gold in 2012

PROUD: Tay­lor with his daugh­ter Katie

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