Investigation into Carrickfergus shooting continues

  • 13 March 2017

Investigation into Carrickfergus shooting continues

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Police are continuing to investigate a shooting in Carrickfergus yesterday, Monday 13 March, that left a 44 year old man critically injured.

The victim was shot in the neck while inside a vehicle on Pinewood Avenue at around 2.15pm.

The gunman is believed to have fled the scene on foot.

District Commander Superintendent Darrin Jones said: “In the hours after the shooting local police, supported by members of the PSNI’s Armed Response Units and colleagues from Air Support Unit, carried out a number of searches across Carrickfergus and maintained a robust presence in the area throughout the night. This very visible police operation will continue as we continue to gather evidence and investigate this brutal crime.

It is just unacceptable that someone would produce a weapon and open fire in any circumstances however it is particularly chilling that this attack, this murder bid, took place in broad daylight, in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. That is simply shocking in a civilised society

I am renewing my appeal to local people to assist us with our enquiries and to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack. We want to apprehend them and place them before the courts to answer for their crimes, and we can only do that with your help and support.

While a definitive motive for the shooting has not been established and we are exploring a number of possible lines of enquiry, I can say that at this time the involvement of paramilitary criminals is one possibility. Obviously as the investigation is at a very early stage I cannot expand further upon that at present.

I would urge anyone with information or who believes they can assist the investigation in any way to please come forward. You can call police on 101 or if you would prefer to provide you information anonymously you can by calling the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.”