Shot man dies of injuries

Darren Thompson died of his injuries

A 22-year-old man has died after being shot in Londonderry earlier this week.

Darren Thompson, from Harkness Gardens, was shot in the head in the Waterside area of the city on Wednesday morning.

He was found lying at the roadside in Woodburn Park with a bullet wound in the head.

It is believed he was attacked as he walked to work.

Mr Thompson was in a critical condition at Altnagelvin hospital, but died of his injuries at about 1400 BST on Friday.

He is survived by his parents, two brothers aged 15 and 18 and two sisters aged 22 and eight.

Two men and a woman are still being questioned.

Police said they were aware that some people were shielding those responsible for Mr Thompson's killing and said more searches and arrests would take place.


A group is to be set up to help ease tensions in the Waterside following the fatal shooting of Mr Thompson.

After the shooting, a number of items - which had been set on fire - were found in the Lincoln Courts estate.

On Friday, the estate was at the centre of a security alert after suspicious objects were uncovered during a search.

"There is a great lot of fear within the community."
William Hay

Police said the items found included coffee jar bombs, blast bombs, incendiary devices and pipes suitable for manufacturing pipe bombs.

The items were discovered in a garden shed at a house in the estate.

Army bomb disposal experts are at the scene and residents were moved from a number of houses to a local community hall.

DUP Assembly member William Hay said about 12 families had to move from their homes in Lincoln Courts as Army bomb experts examined the scene.

"People are annoyed, angry and upset that this type of violence has been visited on them," Mr Hay said.

He added that concerned people within the community met police on Thursday.

"There is a great lot of fear within the community," he said.

"It is important to get this group so that they can relay the deep concerns of people to the police."

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