Incident Summary:

10/13/2000: Joseph O'Connor, a member of the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA), was shot and killed by two men in the Ballymurphy area of West Belfast, Northern Ireland. O'Connor was sitting in a car when two hooded men traveling on foot approached him and shot him several times in the head. RIRA released a statement identifying O'Connor as a member and claiming that the Provisional IRA was responsible for the killing. Specific motive is unknown.



United Kingdom

Western Europe

region/u.s. state:

Northern Ireland


Location Details:
County Antrim. Ballymurphy area of West Belfast

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Armed Assault
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Civilian
Specific Description Joseph O'Connor, a possible member of the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA)
Nationality of Target Northern Ireland
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) No
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) Yes
Alternate Designation (more) Intra/Inter-group Conflict
Additional Information Republicans, both mainstream and dissident, are uncertain why the attack took place. Sinn Fein has denied any involvement by the mainstream Irish Republican Army (IRA).
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Irish Republican Army (IRA) (suspected) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 2
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Man gunned down in republican area of Belfast," Agence France-Presse, October 13, 2000.
Martin Cowley, "Republican shot dead in N. Irish car ambush," Reuters, October 13, 2000.
Martin Cowley, "Republican faction blames IRA for N. Irish murder," Reuters, October 13, 2000.