Sunday 15 September 2019

New footage released of suspect believed to have shot journalist

  

On camera: PSNI released video images of men it believes are connected with Lyra McKee’s killing. Photos: PA
On camera: PSNI released video images of men it believes are connected with Lyra McKee’s killing. Photos: PA
On camera: PSNI released video images of men it believes are connected with Lyra McKee’s killing. Photos: PA
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Police investigating the murder of journalist Lyra McKee have released new footage of the suspect they believe fired the shots that killed her.

A manhunt is under way for the individual responsible for the brutal murder, which PSNI officers have described as a "terrorist act".

Ms McKee (29) was shot dead as she observed rioting in Derry's Creggan estate on April 18. Dissident republican group the New IRA accepted responsibility for the murder on Monday night.

Releasing footage of the suspects, PSNI Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said: "I want to find the people who murdered Lyra and I believe the information that can help us bring those responsible to justice lies within the local community.

"Approximately 100 people were on the ground on the night Lyra was murdered - people saw the gunman and his associates. I think people within the community know who they are. I'm asking them to come forward and help us.

"About one minute before Lyra was murdered, three men walked across Central Drive from the direction of the shops. In the footage you can see these men.

"At the front you can see a man circled - he's carrying a crate of petrol bombs towards where the crowd, including children, were standing. He is the tallest of the three men. I want to know who he is.

"Behind him you can see two other men. The man on the inside nearest the wall is the next tallest. He's wearing dark skinny jeans, blue Nike trainers with a white tick and a white sole. He's wearing a camouflage scarf or other covering across his face. Do you know this man?

"As he walked along the footpath, he was accompanied by the third man. In the footage you can see that he is shorter than both of the other men and of stocky build.

"It's my belief he is the gunman that fired indiscriminately into the crowd... and took the life of Lyra."

A woman (57) and two teenagers, aged 18 and 19, were previously arrested and subsequently released without charge.

Irish Independent

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