Police chasing cool-headed killer in Derry

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison speaking during this evening's press conference at Strand Road Police Station. (DER4113PG046)
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison speaking during this evening's press conference at Strand Road Police Station. (DER4113PG046)
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The detective chief inspector heading up the investigation into the murder of 35-year-old Barry McCrory earlier today painted a picture of an organised and brutal killer.

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said the murderer first buzzed into the communal entry area of the flats in the building on a busy Shipquay Street this morning. He went upstairs, got into the flat and forced Mr McCrory’s partner into another room before shooting him dead. The PSNI officer described it as “a brutal execution”.

Family members of the victim comforting each other when they visited the murder scene earlier today.  (DER4113Jb404)

Family members of the victim comforting each other when they visited the murder scene earlier today. (DER4113Jb404)

He appealed to the public for information on the killer, who was wearing a dark bomber jacket, dark clothes and carrying a rucksack.

“There will be people out there who will have seen this person either enter the address or subsequently leave it. I would ask them to come forward. Don’t assume we have all the information, you may have a key piece that will help us find the person responsible. It’s in all of our interests that this person is taken off our streets immediately - so please ring in.”

The police chief said the motive for the killing remained “unclear”.

He said Mr McCrory was known to police, but added that there was “no information to date” on whether he was under threat from any paramilitary organisation.

“I’ve no information to date to suggest any organisation was involved.”

He added that police had no information to indicate that the murder was “linked in any way” to the murder of Kevin Kearney in Belfast on Wednesday night. However he added that “all avenues will be explored” in the investigation.