A murder investigation has been launched after a man was shot dead in Athy, Co Kildare last night.

Jamie Lindsay, 20, was shot as he walked along a lane near his home in the Coneyboro Estate at about 8.45pm.

He was taken to Naas General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The area has been sealed off pending a forensic examination.

Gardaí are seeking information on a car believed to be the one that gunmen may have escaped in after the killing. 

A post mortem examination was carried out on the victim.

The scene remains sealed off pending the completion of the forensic examination.

Gardaí have issued an appeal for anyone with information on the incident to contact them at Athy Garda Station on 059-8634210.