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Murder of Christopher Zambra on the 4/5/14

Gardaí at Sundrive Road Garda Station are investigating the murder of 39 year old Christopher Zambra, that occurred at 2.55pm on Bank Holiday Sunday, 4th May 2014 on Cooley Road, Drimnagh, Dublin 12.

Christopher lived on Galtymore Road and arrived home on Saturday evening, the 3rd May 2014 at about 10.30pm. He remained at home overnight until early on Sunday afternoon when he left to travel to Cooley Road. He drove a beige Audi saloon car and travelled along Galtymore Road, Slievenamon Road, turned left at the Carruth Roundabout onto Mourne Road & Dolphin Road.

Christopher’s car was followed by a Silver Nissan Qashqai from Galtymore Road and the route he took out onto Davitt Road along the canal. The Qashqai attempted to make a dangerous overtake along Davitt Road narrowly missing an oncoming car.

Christopher drove onto Cooley Road and the Qashqai drove slightly ahead and a man pointed a gun from the rear passenger window and fired a number of shots at Christopher’s car. Christopher got out the front passenger door of his car and attempted to escape but was chased on foot by this man and fatally wounded in a garden on Cooley Road.

The Qashqai drove at speed from the scene along Kilworth Road and Carrow Road before abandoning the car in a cul de sac on Ben Madigan Road and setting it alight. The driver fled on foot and made his getaway towards the Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel on Mourne Road.


• Gardaí believe the movements of Christopher Zambra may have been monitored and believe that a number of different modes of transport may have been used to do this. Gardaí are appealing to anyone in the area who may have seen suspicious activity in the days prior to this incident to come forward.

• The Nissan Qashqai was stolen during a burglary at Allenwood, Co. Kildare on Tuesday 28th April 2014. The registration number is WN57UUV. The Qashqai was discovered on fire on Ben Madigan Road and was fitted with a false registration number plate. Gardaí are appealing to anyone who has information about the movements of this car between the 28th April and the 4th May to come forward.

• The Qashqai travelled along the canal, driving dangerously close to a car in front and attempted to make a dangerous overtake manoeuvre almost colliding with an oncoming car. Gardaí are appealing to drivers who may remember this incident on this day to come forward. 

• Gardaí are appealing to anyone with information in relation to this incident to come forward.

• Gardaí are trying to establish the identity of the suspect who carried out this incident

• Gardaí are trying to establish the identity of the driver of this Qashqai that was burnt out on Ben Madigan Road after the shooting or anyone else involved in this incident


Sundrive Road Garda Station Telephone 016666600