Police hunt gunmen after man shot dead at boxing match weigh-in Dublin

A major manhunt is under way after gunmen dressed in women's clothes and SWAT team uniforms attacked a boxing event in Dublin, leaving one man dead and two more injured.

Five attackers armed with "AK-47-style" rifles and handguns,stormed the Regency Hotel on Friday where up to 300 fans including children had gathered for the boxing weigh-in.

The gang said to include one man disguised as a woman and "wearing an auburn wig" and others as "crime drama" police officers, opened fire in the lobby, sending bystanders running for their lives.

Garda at the scene of the shooting. Credit: PA

The victims, aged in their 20s and 30s were taken to hospital. The man in his 30s, who was said to be "riddled" with bullets, later died.

Gardai Chief Superintendent Barry O'Brien said it was a "particularly nasty incident" that had involved "severe weapons".

In amateur video of the attack posted on YouTube gunfire can be heard erupting in the lobby just seconds after the men left the stage in a function room around 2.30pm.

One of the boxers had just been weighed when gunfire broke out. Credit: YouTube

Chairs are tossed aside as people dive for cover, and a child can also be heard crying "Daddy, help me. Daddy, what was that?".

The weigh-in was for a World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title fight between Jamie Kavanagh and Antonio Jao Bento before their Clash of the Clans boxing bout, that was scheduled to take place on Saturday evening.

Kavanagh later tweeted that he was ok and had been "lucky today".

Box Nation, the television channel scheduled to broadcast the boxing fight, said the show had been cancelled due to the shooting.