Northern Ireland

Danny McKay murder: Police release three men

Danny McKay
Image caption Danny McKay was shot six times at his home in the Longlands area

Three men who had been arrested by detectives investigating the murder of Danny McKay in Newtownabbey have been released.

Two of the men, a 41-year-old and a 50-year-old, were arrested on Saturday. A 28-year-old was arrested on Sunday.

Mr McKay, who was 36, was shot dead at his home on Longlands Road on Thursday night.

Detectives are examining a possible drugs link and whether dissident republicans were involved.

Mr McKay, the father of a 10-year-old child, was shot several times as he sat alone on a sofa in his living room. He died at the scene. At least two armed men were involved in the attack.

Police have asked people who saw a silver Volkswagen Bora, which had been stolen by five masked men in the New Lodge area shortly before the shooting and was later found burnt out in Ardmoulin Place, west Belfast to contact them.

They also want to hear from anyone who may have seen a dark coloured saloon car being driven in a suspicious manner in the Longlands area in the days leading up to Mr McKay's murder.

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