Published Thursday, 10 October 2013
Barry McCrory, 35, was killed by a gunman in a top-floor flat above a city centre café on Shipquay Street on Thursday morning.
Police and other emergency crews were called to the scene at about 11am.
The victim, who was known to police, was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital, but was dead on arrival.
It is understood his killer was dressed in dark clothing and may have been carrying a rucksack. He escaped on foot.
Local MLA Pat Ramsey told UTV that the attack "bears the hallmarks" of dissident republicans.
The SDLP man said: "It's hard to believe people are willing to carry this on. The only people using guns on the streets are dissident republicans and this has all the hallmarks of those."
Mr McCrory's family visited the scene earlier.
His partner was in the house at the time of the shooting and was not injured. She was taken to hospital in a state of shock.
She was forced first into another room by the lone gunman before her boyfriend was shot dead.
The attack came after the PSNI launched a murder inquiry into the discovery of a man's body in a lake at Alexandra Park in north Belfast on Wednesday afternoon. He had also been shot.
PIC: Victim Barry McCrory. © Pacemaker
Dissidents have been linked to both incidents.
Sinn Féin deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said that those responsible for the killings carried them out "under the bogus notion that they are standing up for the community".
He continued: "Many of these gangs are involved in the drug trade themselves."
First Minister Peter Robinson said: "The rule of law is absolutely paramount and there can be no justification for anyone taking justice into their own hands."
Business leaders and politicians in Derry have asked people to come along and observe a two-minute silence at Guildhall Square against the murders.
The gathering will take place at 11am on Friday morning.
These tiny and marginal groups have no real support in any community and they have no right or mandate to act as judge, jury and death squad.
Peter Bunting, Irish Congress of Trade Unions
Detective Chief Inspector Ian Harrison said it was a "brutal execution". He has appealed for information from the public.
"Shipquay Street is a busy and popular part of the city and at that time of the day there will have been residents going about their daily lives, people on their way to work and tourists walking around or out shopping," he said.
"I am confident that someone will have seen the shooter enter or exit the flat."
Amid cross-party condemnation, Justice Minister David Ford said: "I condemn without hesitation this latest murder in Derry and offer my sympathies to the family."
East Londonderry DUP MP Gregory Campbell said: "Our entire community now needs to make their attitude clear to this activity, both tomorrow, when many will join together to demonstrate their opposition to murder, and then in offering any information to the police."
NI21 leader Basil McCrea MLA said: "I utterly condemn these acts of murder and anyone with any information must immediately go to the PSNI."
Ulster Unionist MLA Ross Hussey added: "Those who remain intent on inflicting their violence and criminality on society - for any reason - have been comprehensively rejected by the people and the entire community must assist the police to rid this cancer from our midst."
Meanwhile, the two deaths in 24 hours are to be raised during topical questions at the Dáil Éireann in the Republic of Ireland.
Fianna Fáil said it plans to "ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs to discuss the measures he has taken in conjunction with the Northern Ireland Executive and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to progress the peace process in light of renewed violence by a group commonly referred to as dissidents".
The minister, Eamon Gilmore, earlier said: "The people who claim responsibility for this have no mandate and their actions lead nowhere.
"The people of Belfast and Derry, and indeed people all over Ireland, have moved on. There is no justification for such crimes against the community."
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