Police appeal for information on murder of George Gilmore
Police investigating the murder of 44-year-old George Gilmore in Carrickfergus have appealed for information.
Mr Gilmore was shot while driving his car in the residential area of Pinewood Avenue at 2.15pm on Monday 13 March.
Speaking at a press conference today, Tuesday 14 March, Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, said: “Firstly, our thoughts are with the Gilmore family as they come to terms with their loss. It is a difficult time for them, and I would appeal to those with influence in the wider community to help ensure the area remains calm.
“This was a reckless attack which took place in broad daylight in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. A number of shots were fired and it is just luck that we are not dealing with further casualties.
“Let me be clear, the gunmen did not care about the local community when they carried out this attack which is evident as one of the bullets missed its intended victim and was found lodged in a house which was occupied at the time.
“We are following definite lines of enquiry but would appeal to the community for information on the following:
“We would like to hear from anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area of Blackthorn Park, Pinewood Avenue or The Cherry Walk between 1pm and 2.30pm yesterday.
“Mr Gilmore’s car was a white Vauxhall Insignia – registration YLZ 2220 – did you see this car?
“Those involved had no consideration for local people when they carried out their attack in the heart of this community. Help us remove them from your community and place them before the courts.”
Mid and East Antrim District Commander, Superintendent Darrin Jones, said “This is clearly a difficult time for the Gilmore family and I would appeal to those with influence in the wider community in Carrickfergus to assist in ensuring the area remains calm.
“The murder investigation is being taken forward by detectives and will be progressed over the coming days and weeks. At the centre of all of this we have a grieving family and local residents coming to terms with a brutal shooting in the heart of their community.
“Local police, supported by our specialist colleagues, will continue to maintain a presence in the area to provide reassurance to residents and mitigate any tension. We all have a part to play to ensure that the community in Carrickfergus has the time and space to come to terms with what has happened here and to ensure that those responsible for this murder are brought to justice.
“Anyone with information should contact the incident room on 02890 259542, phone police on 101 quoting reference number 605 15/03/17 or alternatively, information can be given to the Crimestoppers charity anonymously by telephoning 0800 555 111.”