Pair are quizzed by de­tec­tives over gun at­tack on 54-year-old

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - BY SHAUNA CORR ir­[email protected]

TWO men have been ar­rested by po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fa­tal shoot­ing of Mal­colm McKe­own.

The 54-year-old was gunned down at a fill­ing sta­tion in War­ingstown, Co Down, on Mon­day.

The pair, aged 24 and 25, were de­tained for ques­tion­ing on sus­pi­cion of murder yes­ter­day and taken to Mus­grave Se­ri­ous Crime Suite.

Two suspects, aged 30 and 28, were ar­rested on Wed­nes­day but both were later re­leased un­con­di­tion­ally.

Mr McKe­own was laid to rest in Lur­gan, Co Ar­magh, yes­ter­day after be­ing found slumped in his BMW by school­child­ren.

His 60-year-old brother Clif­ford, who is serv­ing a minimum 24-year sen­tence at HMP Mag­illi­gan for the murder of Catholic taxi driver Michael McGoldrick, was de­nied jail leave to at­tend the funeral.

Det Chief Insp Peter Mont­gomery reis­sued his ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion.

He said: “CCTV footage shows Mr McKe­own en­ter­ing the shop at De­wart’s Garage at ap­prox­i­mately 7.15pm on Mon­day and then walk­ing back to his car ap­prox­i­mately four min­utes later. It was around this time I be­lieve the gun­man or gun­men shot him.

“Were you in De­wart’s Garage or in War­ingstown Main Street at that time and did you see any­thing?

“I am keen to trace the driver and pas­sen­gers of a dark blue or black VW Pas­sat, reg­is­tra­tion RK62 PLX, which was seen at 6.20pm in Cam­brai Heights be­fore the shoot­ing.

“I be­lieve the gun­man or men may have got out of this car, walked around the back of De­wart’s to shoot Mal­colm McKe­own, be­fore flee­ing and leav­ing Cam­brai Heights in the car at 7.20pm.

“Did you see this car leav­ing Cam­brai Heights and then trav­el­ling along the Dunkirk Road to­wards Sum­mer­hill Road at 7.20pm? If you were driv­ing in these ar­eas and have dash­cam footage I would like to see it. If you live in Cam­brai Heights or the ad­join­ing streets and have pri­vate CCTV please let me know.

“This car was found burnt out on the Gle­navon Lane in Lur­gan just after 7.30pm. Did you see the oc­cu­pants get out of it and get into a dark coloured jeep? If so, do you know where they went? Or did they make off on foot?”

De­tec­tives are urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to contact them on 101.

Al­ter­na­tively, in­for­ma­tion can be pro­vided to the in­de­pen­dent char­ity Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anony­mous.

BRU­TAL DEATH Mal­colm McKe­own

POIGNANT Funeral in Co Ar­magh yes­ter­day

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