OLYMPIC BOXING BABE’S DAD SHOT BY HITMAN
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.
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