Police launch double murder inquiry
Published 08/03/2011 | 09:25
Detectives in the North have launched a double murder inquiry after a man and woman were found shot dead in a flat.
The victims' bodies were discovered at an address in the Legahory Court area of Craigavon, Co Armagh, just after 6pm yesterday.
Police sources played down fears of a dissident republican link to the murder of the couple, while initial theories suggested gangland criminals may be to blame.
Officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland's (PSNI) serious crime branch, who are leading the probe, said their inquiries were at an early stage.
Detectives have appealed for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious near the scene to come forward.
Police last night cordoned off a wide area around the flat where the fatal shootings took place.
Local sources said the area had been blighted by drug-related crime.
Sinn Fein representative for the Craigavon area John O'Dowd said the community was stunned by news of the shooting.
"I share the concern of the local community and the shock of the community at how this couple has met their death," said the Assembly member.
Chairman of the area's local district policing partnership Michael McGoldrick said he was shocked by the murders.
"The discovery of two dead bodies in a house in Legahory in Craigavon has stunned everyone in the local community," said the SDLP councillor.
"News that the police are treating the deaths as murder will compound the sense of shock and disbelief felt by residents in the area.
"My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the man and woman who have lost their lives.
"I would appeal to anyone with any information to contact the PSNI immediately."