Carrick shooting: Gunman '˜fled scene on foot', say police

Police investigating the shooting of a high-profile loyalist in Carrickfergus have said the brutal attack took place in a street full of families and older people.

Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 10:45 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:11 am
Police at the scene on Pinewood Avenue in Carrickfergus where a 44-year-old man was shot yesterday afternoon.

Geordie Gilmore Snr, aged 44, remains critically ill in hospital after he was shot in the neck. The attack took place in Pinewood Avenue around 2.15pm when up to five shots are reported to have been fired at the victim.

The murder attempt is being linked to a long-running paramilitary feud in the area.

Police believe the gunman fled the scene on foot.

Police forensics at the scene after a shooting incident in the Pinewood Avenue area of Carrickfergus

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.

“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.

Police forensics at the scene after a shooting incident in the Pinewood Avenue area of Carrickfergus

Supt Jones renewed his appeal to local people to assist police with their enquiries. Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101 or the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.

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