PSNI detectives are hunting a gang behind today’s murder of former Markets IRA commander Gerard Jock Davison.
Officers are probing the possibility the killing was the work of either dissident republicans or loyalist splinter groups.
Mr Davison was shot several times shortly after 9am at the junction of Welsh Street and Upper Stanfield.
The murdered man, who was in his late 40s, was a senior member of the Provisional IRA in the city and later a supporter of Sinn Féin’s peace strategy. More recently he was also a community worker in the area.
SDLP candidate and local GP Alasdair McDonnell said: “This is a horrendous crime and those responsible have shown no regard for anyone that could have been caught in the middle of it during the school rush hour.
“My thoughts and prayers are with the individual’s family at this traumatic time.”
The former local GP for the Market area added: “People here want to move on from the violence of the past. This community will reject those who bring murder and mayhem to our streets. I would appeal to anyone with any information to bring it forward as soon as possible.”
The dead man had been forced to go public over claims he was an informer; however an internal Provo investigation had cleared him several years ago.