29 years -old female journalist identified as Lyra McKee was shot dead from a stray bullet in the Creggan area of the city while covering a riot in Londonderry, Ireland.
Irish and British politicians widely condemned the murder, with the city mayor John Boyle claiming: ‘It doesn’t matter if you call it Derry of Londonderry; this city is united with one voice against this heinous murder.’
Shortly before she was killed, Ms McKee, who was covering the riots, had posted an image from the scene of the riots on Twitter.
In another heartbreaking Tweet, she spoke of ‘falling in love with Derry’ and ‘a woman who hails from it’, before tragically adding: ‘Here’s to good times ahead and saying goodbye to bombs and bullets once and for all.’
She captioned it: “Derry tonight. Absolute madness.”
Shocking footage posted to social media shows a gunman in a mask taking cover near the rioters before firing two shots. Seconds later screams are heard coming from the other end of the road.
Police revealed this morning that it believes the New IRA was “most likely” behind McKee’s killing, calling Ms McKee a “completely innocent bystander. Assistant chief constable Mark Hamilton described the killing as “not only a murder of a young woman, it is an attack again on the people of this city.”
Deputy Chief Constable Stephen Martin said this afternoon that police were hunting multiple suspects following the shooting, but refused to be drawn on suggestions that the gunman who killed Ms McKee was a teenage boy.
Speaking during an emotional press conference at the Guildhall in Londonderry, he said: ‘We certainly believe there was more than one person who was involved in this last night.