The five men were builders and had been renovating houses in the Gortree Park housing estate for some months.McKittrick, David. Lost Lives. Mainstream, 1999. p.1315
The gunmen drove off toward Castlerock before doing a U-turn and passing their victims again. The van used by the gunmen was found burnt-out two miles from the attack. Later in the day, the UDA shot dead a Catholic civilian and wounded another at Dairy Farm Shopping Centre in Belfast.