Son of IRA victim chief suspect in Markets murder

PACEMAKER BELFAST 05/05/2015.Gerard Davidson, who was shot dead in the markets area of Belfast this morning..

THE son of a man murdered by republicans in Belfast in the 1990s has been linked to the shooting of former IRA commander Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

The prominent republican was gunned down in a residential street just yards from his home in the Markets area of south Belfast yesterday morning as he walked to work.

The 47 year-old, who worked for the Market's Community Association, had just left a corner shop where he called each morning to buy a paper when he was ambushed.

It is believed a lone gunman emerged from an alleyway and shot the former IRA leader several times in the head and chest before making off on foot.

Neighbours tried to administer first aid but the father-of-three died at the scene.

Police, who have said they do not believe dissident republicans or loyalists were behind the attack, are probing whether it was a grudge killing.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Justyn Galloway said they would be "keeping an open mind as information comes into the inquiry."

Mr Davison is believed to have been present during a fight in Magennis' Bar in 2005 that resulted in the high-profile killing of 33-year-old Robert McCartney.

He was among three IRA members expelled following an internal investigation in the wake of the death. He was questioned by police but released without charge.

The community worker was also a senior member of the IRA in the 1990s during a time when the organisation was responsible for the murder of a number of people accused of dealing drugs. It is understood he had previously been warned that he was under threat.

The Irish News understands that one of the main suspects is the son of an IRA murder victim who may have carried out the shooting in revenge for the killing of his father.

Police last night carried out searches of a number of properties across the city in connection with the murder.


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