Police release C.C.T.V. footage of Lyra McKee in crowd moments before she is shot dead by masked gunman

The P.S.N.I. has issued C.C.T.V. footage of the moments before journalist, Lyra McKee, was shot dead by a masked gunman in Londonderry on Thursday evening.

Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy, who is leading the investigation into Ms. McKee's killing, explained why they have released the footage.

An image taken from the C.C.T.V. footage issued by the P.S.N.I. shows Lyra McKee in the crowd moments before a masked gunman opens fire.

An image taken from the C.C.T.V. footage issued by the P.S.N.I. shows Lyra McKee in the crowd moments before a masked gunman opens fire.

"Lyra's death is senseless and appalling beyond belief. It represents the tragic loss of promise and the loss of potential, however it should not be the loss of hope. We know that the people of Creggan do not support what happened and they stand with us today in outrage and disgust at the mayhem that took place on their streets last night.

"We are issuing C.C.T.V. from the incident which shows Lyra in the crowd. The footage also shows the gunman at the corner and an individual picking up something from the ground on the same corner. We are releasing this to encourage anyone with information to make contact with us."

D.S. Murphy added: "We have already received a large number of calls and information from the public and I would like to thank them for their support and for their willingness to come forward and to try to help us take a killer off the streets.

"We also know that a range of footage is circulating on social media however I cannot stress enough how important it is that people who were in the area last night and who recorded video and took photos share what they have with us via our Major Incident Public Portal.

"People saw the gunman and people saw those who goaded young people out onto the streets, people know who they are.

"The answers to what happened last night lie within the community. I am asking people to do the right thing for Lyra McKee, for her family and for the city of Derry/Londonderry and help us stop this madness.

"Please, submit your footage and images to the dedicated Major Incident Public Portal via https://mipp.police.uk/operation/PSNI19O09-PO1 or pick up the phone and call us on 101. Make a difference."