Opinion | Feb 10 2016

Dublin shooting – Eyewitness account from top official

Respected referee Mickey Vann, an eyewitness to the Dublin shooting at a weigh-in, shares his recollections of the horrific events that unfolded
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Top referee and judge Mickey Vann was present at the horrific Dublin shooting that left a man dead at the Regency Hotel last Friday (February 5). He writes about the confusing experience in a Guest Column in this week’s issue of Boxing News magazine. This is out now on our app and the print version is in stores on Thursday (February 11). Here is an excerpt.

THE two policemen moved slowly towards the corner of the room where we stood. They were looking at people. Then they stopped and looked at me. I looked back, and then down at his gun. They looked at two other people, and then they looked at a guy in a grey tracksuit and shot him. I can’t say whether there were two shots or three, it was so loud. I just watched. I wasn’t scared, I was confused. I couldn’t understand why two policemen had come into the room, shot someone and then walked out. People were screaming at me to dial 999, to call an ambulance, and I snapped out of my haze. I then realised they couldn’t have been proper policemen. .

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