Man dies following Co Antrim shooting

The victim was shot in the neck yesterday afternoon

Man dies following Co Antrim shooting

Image: RollingNews.ie

Police in the North have launched a murder investigation after a man died following a shooting in County Antrim.

44-year-old George Gilmore was shot in broad daylight in Carrickfergus yesterday.

He was shot in the neck while inside a vehicle on Pinewood Avenue at around 2.15pm.

The gunman is believed to have fled the scene on foot.

Detective Chief Superintendent Raymond Murray, head of the PSNI's Serious Crime Branch said: “Our thoughts are with the Gilmore family at this time as they come to terms with their loss.

“We are still at an early stage of the investigation, which is now a murder investigation, and while we have definite lines of enquiry I would appeal to local people to help us identify the person or persons who orchestrated and carried out this ruthless attack in broad daylight."

He added: “Those involved had no consideration for the local community when they carried out their attack in a residential street populated with families, young children and older people. Help us remove them from your community and place them before the courts."