DETECTIVES from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team probing the fatal gangland style execution of Dan Murray in the Lady Street area of Belfast last night have appealed for information.
The 53-year-old was in a black Ford Focus, vehicle registration number PCZ 8770 when he was shot in the head shortly before 10:20 pm while making a takeaway delivery.
He was well known to police as a major ‘drug lord’ peddling prescription drugs through a dial a delivery service.
Detectives believe he was lured to his death by a bogus call to the take away business he was working for.
Cops now know the call was made from a call box in north Belfast.
MIT Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell explained: “Mr Murray had been in the area as part of his job as a delivery driver for a take away restaurant and was making a delivery to an address in Lady Street when he was shot and fatally injured.
“I believe the call to place the order for the delivery was made from a phone box at the junction of Antrim Road and Cliftonville Road at around 9:58pm.
“The gunman or gunmen were then waiting for Mr Murray when he went to the Lady Street area to make the delivery.
“I am particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in this area or anyone who may have observed anyone acting suspiciously in the Antrim Road/Cliftonville Road area or in the Lady Street area.
“This was a brutal attack.
“It has robbed a family of a partner, father and brother and it is important the local community help us find those responsible.
“I would urge anyone with information to contact detectives on 101 or alternatively contact Crimestoppers confidentially on 0800 555 111.”