A 26-year-old man was shot dead after he came outside his house to park his girlfriend's car, Dublin Coroner's Court has heard.

Paul Kavanagh reversed his car at speed in a bid to escape two gunmen who killed him.

He was looking for parking outside his home on Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9 when he was shot multiple times by two attackers.

Witnesses saw the two gunmen holding guns in the air as they fled the scene at 11.30am on 26 March 2015.

Mr Kavanagh's partner, Gemma Roe, told the inquest into his death that she had gone to the gym that morning.

She drove back to the home the couple shared with their two daughters on Church Avenue shortly before 11.30am.

"Parking was tight and I wouldn't be the best driver, so Paul often parked the car for me," she said.

"I pulled up outside and beeped and Paul said, 'wait and I'll get my slippers' and then he came out and drove up the road looking for parking," she said.

When he had not returned ten minutes later, she grew concerned.

"I had a feeling when I heard the ambulance and he'd been gone so long," Ms Roe said.

The coroner's court heard from witness Jarlath Moran who saw Mr Kavanagh get into the Volkswagen Passat and drive up the road before stopping and reversing at speed.

"It was flying in reverse," Mr Moran said.

The court was told that Mr Kavanagh was reversing to escape his attackers but was forced to stop by a white Audi that pulled out and blocked the road.

Local resident Joseph Long heard a number of loud bangs and then saw a car hitting a parked car.

"I saw one man running from the car with a gun held up in the air. Then I saw a second. They were both wearing ski-masks. They jogged off in the direction of Grace Park Road," he said.

Dublin Fire Brigade responded to a call at 11.30am. Mr Kavanagh had suffered a gunshot wound to the eye and two to the chest. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His mother, Mary Kavanagh who has since passed away, identified her son's body to Detective Sergeant Michael Mulligan at Dublin City Morgue.

A post-mortem examination conducted by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis gave the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds.

Gardaí found a Glock 17 firearm with an extended magazine on the ground near the scene of the shooting.

The Audi was set on fire before the gunmen fled.

Gardaí launched a full murder inquiry with 800 lines of inquiry and 500 statements collected but no arrests were made.

Det Sgt Mulligan said the investigation remained ongoing.

The jury returned a verdict of unlawful killing by person or person's unknown.