Shocking CCTV of killing of Robbie Lawlor murder suspect Warren Crossan a year after he was shot
June 27 2021 07:30 AM
It’s exactly one year to the day that father-of-two Warren Crossan was shot dead on Saint Katharine’s Road in the St James’s area of Belfast.
Cops now believe the callous killers waited for several hours at Crossan’s mum’s house before chasing him and shooting him multiple times.
In a fresh appeal a senior detective says the Crossan family, “deserve to have answers and these dangerous men need to be removed from our streets”.
The 28-year-old was targeted in what is believed to be a revenge attack following the murder of gangland enforcer Robbie Lawlor in Ardoyne in April 2020.
The 36-year-old Coolock criminal was gunned down outside a house at Etna Drive, where it’s believed he attended a pre-arranged meeting to collect cash.
Feared criminal Lawlor had been heavily involved in a feud between rival Drogheda-based factions and is the main suspect in the abduction and murder of 17-year-old Keane Mulready Woods in January 2020.
Warren Crossan was the son of murdered dissident republican chief Tommy Crossan, killed at a fuel depot in Belfast on Good Friday in 2014.
It is suspected Crossan was killed for providing the getaway car used in the killing of Dublin hitman Lawlor.
At the time of his murder Crossan was on bail accused of possessing £180,000 of cocaine with intent to supply after he was arrested in Lisburn.
On June 27 last year, and in broad daylight, two gunmen chased him and fired a number of shots in the busy residential area.
Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Shaw said: “One year on from this brutal murder my investigation continues to progress and I am releasing further CCTV footage of the two men I believe murdered 28-year-old Mr Crossan.
“The first piece of CCTV footage is of the two suspects crossing the junction of the Falls Road that joins the Whiterock Road and St James’s Road at 8.37am on the day of the murder.
“I believe the man on the purple-coloured mountain bike arrived from the direction of Turf Lodge and turned onto the Whiterock Road just before 8am. I believe they both then leave together from the Whiterock estate approximately 40 minutes later.
“They then travel along St James Road where a minute or so later they turn left into St James Crescent. The gunmen then lie in wait for several hours until Warren arrives at his mother’s house in Rodney Parade at approximately 12.20pm.
“Approximately 30 minutes later the gunmen can be seen appearing on foot from an alley way between St James Road and Rodney Drive. They chase Warren into St Katharine’s Road where he is shot multiple times and left to die in the street.
“The gunmen then make good their escape back along St Katharines Road into the same alleyway.
“Warren’s family deserve to have answers and these dangerous men need to be removed from our streets. This callous murder was carried out by individuals who have no regard for life.
“It was carried out in a built-up residential area on a Saturday afternoon and it is extremely fortunate that no-one else was injured as a result of this shooting.
“Any one of those bullets could have gone astray and killed a child, at least one of them struck a vehicle owned by a resident.
“I am continuing to appeal to anyone who has information to contact us. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw these two men in the local area of St James Road, St James Crescent, Rodney Parade and St Katharines Road.
“Anyone with any information is asked to call us on the non-emergency number 101…”You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org,” Det Chief Inspector Shaw added.