TWO MEN HELD AS SHOOTING VICTIM BURIED
Pair are quizzed by detectives over gun attack on 54-year-old
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