According to Martin Dillon, the order to shoot was given by the patrol's apparent leader, James McDowell,  to eliminate witnesses to the bogus checkpoint and subsequent bombing. She also thinks that had everything gone to plan once the bomb was planted in the van McCoy would have been instructed to drive through Newry where the bomb would have gone off and the UVF could then afterwards portray the Miami Showband as IRA members on a mission to blow up the local RUC barracks. Views Read Edit View history. Archived from the original on 2 July In December , Rock left the band to be briefly replaced by two brothers, Frankie and Johnny Simon. Thomas Crozier recounted that on the night of the killings, he had driven to the grounds of a school in Lurgan where he had picked up two men. Following the explosion pandemonium broke out among the remaining gunmen; shouting obscenities, they opened fire on the dazed band members, who had all been blown down into the field below the level of the road from the force of the blast. He added that had the death penalty not been abolished, it would have been imposed in this case. I was given a sub-machine gun but I had never fired it.
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