Derry father of two murdered by gunmen in Buncrana

Fri, 10/02/2012 - 00:01 -- Editor

A Derry father of two has been murdered in Buncrana, Co Donegal, by gunmen who shot through the window of his home.

Andrew Allen, a father-of-two aged 24 from the Top of the Hill in the Waterside, was shot dead by gunmen opened fire through a window of the house he was in. The incident happened in the Links View area of the town. His fiancee was in the house at the time of the shooting. It is not known if Mr Allen's children were present.

Witnesses said the gunmen tried to break down the door of the house without success and fired five or six shots through a window, fatally injuring the young Derry man.

Gardai in Buncrana have confirmed the incident saying that a male was shot at a house in the town at around 9.20pm tonight. They confirmed that the young man died at the scene and his body remains at the scene. The spokesperson said the Investigating Officer is at the scene which is cordoned off. A car was found burnt out at Fahan shortly after the shooting.

MLA Pat Ramsey said the young Derry man had been asked to leave the Top of the Hill area a few months ago by Republican elements due to anti-social behaviour.

Mr Ramsey said his thoughts were with the victim's family. "I totally condemn the incident," he said, "and my sympathies are with the victim's family."

Fellow Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney also condemned the murder.

“There is shock tonight in the community on hearing the news of the murder of this young man in Buncrana," he said. "His life has now been cut short and a family has now been plunged into grief and despair.

"People north and south have rejected these actions; they need to stop immediately. I would appeal to anyone who noticed anything unusual or suspicious before or after the shooting to come forward to Gardaí immediately."