POLICE have been given extra time to question three men arrested for the shotgun murder of Stephen Carson in south Belfast.
And they have made an appeal about a car with a Republic of Ireland number plate they want to trace in connection with the murder.
Stephen Carson was blasted in the head as he fled into his bathroom as his killers pursued him.
The brutal and cold blooded was carried out in front of his family in a house at Walmer Street off the Ormeau Road around 10.45 pm on Thursday night..
Three men aged 32, 37 and 39 were arrested following searches in west Belfast on Friday evening.
Officers went to court yesterday and a district judge granted detectives an extra 36 hours to question the men.
Police also appealed for information on a car seen in the area at the time of the shooting.
“Our inquiries into this brutal murder are ongoing,” said Det Supt Kevin Geddes who is heading up the investigation.
“We are currently seeking to speak with anyone who may have noticed a dark-coloured saloon type car with southern Irish licence plates being driven in the vicinity of Sunnyside Street and Haywood Avenue between 22:00 and 23:00 GMT on Thursday night.”
Police say they believe he was murdered as part of a “criminal feud”.
Stephen Carson had been released from jail last October after serving a sentence for robbery.