Mobile phone video footage is being examined following the accidental shooting of a man in Limerick at the weekend.

29-year-old Philip Collopy accidentally shot himself with a handgun in a house in St Mary's Park, Limerick, in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The shooting was captured on video by a person at the scene with a mobile phone. This phone has since been seized by gardaí.

Gardaí believe Mr Collopy was showing a friend how to kill someone when he put the gun to his own head without realising there was a round in the breech.

There were about seven people in the house at the time.

Members of the armed garda regional support unit were on patrol when a man came running out of the house and alerted them to the shooting.

Mr Collopy died in the Mid Western Regional Hospital at 8.30pm last night.

A post mortem examination, due to be carried out by the Deputy State Pathologist this afternoon, will confirm the cause of death and establish if he had any drink or drugs taken at the time.

Mr Collopy was well known to gardaí as one of the Keane/Collopy criminal gangs, which has been involved in the ongoing feud with the McCarthy/Dundon gang.

He was a target not just of Limerick gardaí but also of the Criminal Assets Bureau, which seized a house, two cars and a substantial amount of cash from the gang.