Shipquay Street in Londonderry remains cordoned off this lunchtime as a police murder investigation gets underway following the shooting dead of a man this morning.
It is thought the murder took place shortly before 11am. Police have confirmed that a man was killed but have releaased no further details at this stage. However, it is understood that the man was in his mid 30s and originally from the Galliagh area of the city. He has been named locally as Barry McCrory. It is understood that the murder was particularly brutal and the victim was shot in the head.
Condemnation of the murder followed swiftly afterwards. Speaking at the scene Londonderry DUP Councillor Gary Middleton said: “The mood here in the city is one of complete horror especially since this took place in broad daylight.”
The parents and a brother of the victim were at the scene of the murder this afternoon.
SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey was close by at the time of the killing and heard the shots ring out.
The Foyle MLA also pointed the finger of blame at dissident republicans.
“This is an appalling and disgraceful incident. I was in the vicinity this morning and heard the shots that have resulted in this tragic loss of life. There is a deep sense of shock in Derry City centre today.
“Once again there are those in our community who are intent on destroyong the unity of purpose that can only benefit everyone, especially our young people. My condolences and sympathies are with the family of the victim at this time and I urge anyone with any information about this incident to contact the PSNI.”
And, MP for the city, Mark Durkan said: “I strongly condemn this despicable and cowardly attack. People in Derry utterly reject any such violence. Shootings like this are resented not just as ruthless attacks on individuals but also attacks on peace and the image of city.”