A LOYALIST police informant linked to ongoing tensions in a seaside town has died in hospital today following a gun attack.
Detectives from the PSNI’s Terrorist Investigation Unit have now launched a murder bid into the killing of Geordie Gilmore snr.
Gilmore, who was in his 40s, was driving along Pinewood Avenue in Carrickfergus on Monday afternoon when shots were fired at him.
He sustained gunshot wounds to his neck, arm and leg.
The notorious loyalist was rushed to hospital where his condition was said to have been critical.
Despite the efforts of doctors, Gilmore, a long running police informant in the town, died earlier today from his injuries.
The murder could now spark an all out shooting war between rival UDA factions in Carrickfergus.
Detectives believe the murder is part of an ongoing feud between rival UDA factions in Carrick.
On Saturday night, Gilmore was refused permission to the Royal Oak Bar which is next door to the town’s police station.
A source told Belfast Daily: “He sent some of his heavies around and they beat the doorman around the head with a fire extinguisher.
“He is still seriously ill in hospital.”
Three men appeared at Belfast Magistrates’ Court around lunchtime on Monday charged with the attempted murder of the doorman.
All three were remanded in custody amid a heavy police presence inside and outside of the court.
Then around 2.15 pm yesterday afternoon, as Gilmore drove along Pinewood Avenue, automatic shots rang out in a quiet residential street.
One local said: “It is becoming like the Wild West down here.”