Detectives investigating the murder of psycho hitman Robbie Lawlor in north Belfast yesterday are on the hunt for the murder weapon.
The 36- year- old is from from Coolock in Dublin and police are keen to find out why he was in Belfast.
Some reports say he was in the city to carry out a hit but may have been ‘double crossed’ and shot dead instead at Etna Drive in the Ardoyne district.
He was the chief suspect in the murder and dismemberment of Keane Mulready-Woods in January this year.
The teen’s torso has never been found despite extensive searches in the Republic.
Said Detective Supt Jason Murphy of the PSNI’s Major Investiation Team: “At this stage I believe that a single gunman was involved in the killing, firing multiple shots at the victim and striking him a number of times.
“The murder weapon has not yet been recovered.
“Four males aged 33, 30, 27 and 17 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently being questioned in the Serious Crime Suite in Musgrave police station in Belfast.
“Two properties, one in west Belfast and one in Crumlin were also searched as part of this murder enquiry.
“I do not believe that Robbie was in the Ardoyne yesterday by accident.
“I believe he had some reason to be there and key lines of enquiry for me at this stage are to establish why he was there and what his connection to the address is.
“This was a brutal killing and I am appealing for the public’s help to bring the gunman to justice.
“I would like to hear from anyone who was in Etna Drive yesterday, between 11am and 12.30pm, and who may have witnessed the shooting or the gunman making his escape.
“I’m also keen to speak to anyone who can help us trace the movements of a VW Scirocco car, registration YLZ 7052.
“I believe it was in Estoril Park on Friday and was burnt out in Kingston Court immediately after the murder yesterday.
“Anyone who has CCTV, dashcam or mobile phone footage recorded in the area of Etna Drive and Kingston Court is also asked to make it available to my investigation team.