Gardaí look to North in murder hunt

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Gardaí investigating the murder of Derry man Andrew Allen in Buncrana on Thursday night have said the focus is on the North.

Gardaí investigating the murder of Derry man Andrew Allen in Buncrana on Thursday night have said the focus is on the North.

The 25 year-old victim moved to Links View Park, on the outskirts of Buncrana, six months ago after he was ordered to leave Derry by a republican vigilante group.

Local politicians have said the vigilante group Republican Action Against Drugs (RAAD) may be responsible for the fatal shooting but Gardai have said it is “not helpful” to speculate which, if any, grouping was involved.

At a press conference in Buncrana on Friday, Superintendent John Gilligan, said the victim had been shot through the window of the house after the gunmen failed to gain entry to the property.

“At 9.22pm a car reversed into the driveway at 26 Links View. At least two men and possibly three were in the car. One, if not two got out of the car and tried to gain entry through the front door. At that point they failed to gain entry and a number of shots were fired through the window of the left hand bedroom. The man was shot a number of times and fell to the floor,” he said.

The superintendent also said that the 24 year-old was shot in the body. He added that two of the men involved in the attack may have been armed but could not confirm if more than one gun had been used.

He also confirmed that the victim was alone in the room when he was shot but added that his partner was also in the house at the time. No children were present in the house at the time of the shooting.

Supt. Gilligan also said the gunmen made off in a silver Vauxhall Cavalier hatchback with the registration SJI 2217, which was found burned out at Fahan a short time later.

Supt. Kevin English said the murder is a “tragic event” for Buncrana and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

“We are appealing to anyone who was in Links View Park prior to 9.22pm who may have been returning from work or leaving their homes going elsewhere or anyone in the area who may have noticed any suspicious activity.

He also appealed for anyone who was in the area where the car was burned to get in touch. “We are anxious for people who live in the townland of Ballyhone, 1km off the road, on the road known locally as Church Brae, who may have seen these people leaving or saw an unfamiliar car in the area, to get in touch with the incident room,” he said.

Supt. Gilligan said the victim was not known to Gardai in Buncrana and that they were not aware of any threats to his life. He added that they are in contact with the PSNI to learn more about his life in Derry before he came to Inishowen.

“The fact that the victim was only in the area for the last six months, before which he resided in Northern Ireland we have a focus on Northern Ireland but we have to keep an open mind,” he said.

Supt. English said the investigation will require close co-operation with the PSNI. “I am not going to affiliate the perptrators of this crime to any particular grouping,” he said.

Anyone with information on the murder has been asked to contact Gardai on 00353 749320540.