An investigation is under way after a man was shot dead in Dublin. 

The shooting happened in the front garden of a house in Foxdene, Ronanstown, in the west of the city just after 2pm this afternoon.

A number of shots were discharged and the 42-year-old victim died at the scene. 

A van was found burned out on Buirg an Rí Glen in Lucan beside the community school and a second crime scene has been established there.

At 2.30pm, a silver Toyota Corolla was found on fire at The Paddocks Rise, Lucan, Co Dublin.

What appears to be a handgun and a silencer, believed to be the murder weapon, have also been found there. 

Gardaí are now trying to establish a motive for the murder but suspect it could be drugs related.

The victim was known to gardaí as an associate of major criminals in west Dublin and Kildare.

He was suspected to have been involved in drug trafficking but remained under the radar.

The man was also believed to have invested in legitimate businesses in the catering and motor trade.

One line of inquiry is that the man may have had a falling out with a major Clondalkin/Ronanstown based drugs trafficker.

Gardaí do not believe the murder is connected to the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud.

The man's body was taken to the City Morgue, Whitehall, Dublin 9, where a post mortem examination will be carried out tomorrow.

The scene has been preserved for a forensic examination. 

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact the incident room at Lucan Garda Station on 01-6667300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any garda station.