Chilling CCTV shows murder suspects moments before dad-of-two shot dead

CCTV shows a pair of suspected gunmen cycle down a road shortly before a dad-of-two was shot in the street near his mum's home in Belfast.

In the clip, released by police in the hope of tracking the suspects down, two men are seen on bikes before the "brutal and callous killing" of 28-year-old Warren Crossan, Belfast Live reports.

The dad was shot dead in broad daylight in St Katharine's Road, on June 27, when two gunmen chased him and fired a number of shots in the busy residential area.

Crossan was previously arrested and questioned about the murder of Robbie Lawlor, a Dublin criminal who was shot dead in the Ardoyne area of North Belfast in April.

He was the son of a well-known dissident republican Tommy Crossan, who was shot dead on the Springfield Road, Belfast, in 2014.

Releasing the footage today, December 16, Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Shaw said the CCTV footage shows "the two men I believe murdered 28-year-old Mr Crossan".

DCI Shaw added: "The first piece of CCTV footage is of the two suspects crossing the junction on the Falls Road that joins the Whiterock Road and St James's Road at 8.37 am on the day of the murder.

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"I believe that the man on the purple-coloured mountain bike arrived from the direction of Turf Lodge and turned onto the Whiterock Road just before 8 am.

"Approximately 40 minutes later at 8.37am he is seen, along with the second suspect, travelling along the Whiterock Road, before they cross over the Falls Road and travel along St James Road where a minute or so later they turn left into St James Crescent.

"I believe they have come directly from the Whiterock estate area.

"They then wait in the vicinity until Warren Crossan arrives at his mother's house in Rodney Parade at approximately 12.20pm."

Crossan was shot multiple times and died in the street.

DCI Shaw added: "The attack in a busy residential street in broad daylight was simply reckless.

"These gunmen did not give any thought to the risk posed to local people in this community when they ran through the streets firing shots, at least one of which struck a vehicle owned by a resident.

"I would appeal to anyone who has information about this appalling murder to bring that forward to the police so that we can remove these dangerous gunmen from the streets."

In July this year, Crossan's grave was vandalised by unknown thugs who smashed his tombstone and destroyed family tributes to him.

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