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14/03/2017

Murder Investigation Launched After Shooting Victim Dies

A murder investigation has been launched after the death of George Gilmore who was shot in Carrickfergus.

The loyalist, aged 44, was shot in the neck in the Pinewood Avenue area at around 2.15pm on Monday, 13 March.

He was taken to hospital, however he died from his injuries.

Police believe the shooting is linked to a loyalist feud.

Head of Serious Crime Branch Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray said: "Our thoughts are with the Gilmore family at this time as they come to terms with their loss.
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"We are still at an early stage of the investigation, which is now a murder investigation, and while we have definite lines of enquiry I would appeal to local people to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack in broad daylight.

"Those involved had no consideration for the local community when they carried out their attack in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. Help us remove them from your community and place them before the courts."

Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson said: "My sympathy goes to the loved ones of the deceased.

"There is now a fear in the community there will be more violence. More gunmen on the street is the last thing the public wants, so I would appeal to those behind this feud to bring it to an end.

"I plead for no retaliation from any faction - guns should not be on our streets. Paramilitary groups have no place in our society. They need to depart the scene and stop inflicting hurt on our community."

(CD)

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