It is believed that renegade Republicans are responsible for the death of Lyra McKee, 29, who was reportedly shot dead in police riots in the city's Creggan district. Pictures from the scene showed how cars were lit when a lot of firecrackers and explosive bombs dropped on emergency vehicles.
The city, dubbed Londonderry by Irish nationalist Derry and British Unionists, is only a short drive from the border with the Republic of Ireland.
McKee was standing near a police vehicle when she was injured by a single man who was firing shots at a residential area. She died shortly afterwards of her injuries, Deputy Chief of Police Mark Hamilton told reporters Friday. The police do not know if she worked as a journalist or was in town for personal reasons.
During a press conference on Friday, Hamilton described McKee's death as "terrible and unjustified" and asked for calm. Overnight, he announced that the police had treated the shooting as a "terrorist incident" and initiated a murder investigation.
McKee, based in literary agency Janklow & Nesbit UK, was born in Belfast and has written for a number of publications, including The Atlantic and Buzzfeed News.
Hamilton confirmed that the police suspected the shootings were being conducted by Republican dissidents, the New Irish Republican Army (IRA) of the Easter weekend, in which Republicans refer to the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Uprising, as one of the most important Dates in the fight for the independence of Ireland apply.
They were worried that the weapons could have been used in the city on the Easter weekend.
According to Hamil A crowd gathered shortly after 9pm. (4:00 pm ET) on Thursday and over 50 gasoline bombs were thrown at the officers during the "orchestrated violence". Two vehicles were kidnapped and set on fire, he said.
"The police did not use violence last night, all the violence was against us," Hamilton said.
At 23.00. (6 pm) were about 100 people in the area, including youth and media. The gunman fired several shots, Hamilton said.
The witness reports when the shooter was hit
The journalist Leona O'Neill stood next to McKee when the clock struck At that time the insurrection took on a "more sinister turn".
O'Neill described in detail how a masked gunman emerged from the street corner and "indiscriminately shot down the street at police vehicles, but also at a group of people watching." what happened in their street.
"The shooter aimed the gun just around the corner," said O'Neill. "The amount of smoke there – the fire and the flames emanating from the police vehicles – he could not see anything from that street.
"Her friend turned around and saw that she was shot. They were hysterical, "said O'Neill.
McKee, who was unconscious, was quickly carried to the backseat of a car by the police and taken to a hospital," O Neill continued.
O & Neill said the group she was standing with was "a good distance from the place where the gas bottles were thrown" and "people thought they were safe." She said the mood changed after McKee was shot dead with bystanders, who turned their rage on the rioters and hurled abuse.
"There was a lot of rage on the floor, people shouting at the rioters," she added.
A recent wave of violence in Northern Ireland has feared that sectarian violence could be revived, while concern about the impact of religious violence Brexit continues to exist.
Many fear that Britain's exit from the European Union will in part mean the reintroduction of border posts on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, a member of the European Union.
Border infrastructure has often been targeted by Irish nationalist paramilitaries during the "Troubles" – the 40-year sectarian conflict that killed more than 3,500 people.
In a Friday morning statement, British Prime Minister Theresa May said: "The death of Lyra McKee in Londonderry's alleged terrorist attack last night is shocking and pointless, and my deepest condolences go out to her family, friends and colleagues Journalist She died with great courage in her work. "
The Irish Prime Minister or Taoiseach condemned McKee's death in" the strongest terms "on Twitter:" We are all full of adness after the events of last night. "We can not allow those who want to spread violence, fear and hatred to retire into the past. "
Michelle Stanistreet, Secretary General of the National Union of Journalists, said in a statement," The murder of a journalist in these countries is the circumstances It is deeply shocking to wake up this message on Good Friday morning is disturbing and deeply saddening. " "A bright light has been extinguished and that is throwing us all into darkness," added Stanistreet.
Northern Ireland has two political parties, the Democratic Unionist Party and Sinn Fein. Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald expressed her condolences to McKee's family, adding, "Her contribution to society stands in stark contrast to those who brutally killed her."
"The Murder of Lyra McKee." is an attack on all the people of this community, an attack on the peace process and on the Good Friday Agreement, "McDonald said. It is high time these groups left to end their actions and get the company moving forward with building a peaceful future.
Good Friday, o Belfast, agreement of 1998 marked a turning point for the region, which ended the years of bloodshed.
Democratic Unionist Party leader Arlene Foster tweeted, "Heartbreaking news. A pointless act. A family was torn apart. Those who brought rifles to our streets in the 70s, 80s and 90s were wrong. In 2019 it is just as wrong. Nobody wants to go back. My thoughts are also with the brave officers who defended their community.
Correction: This story has been updated to show that Janklow & Nesbit is a literary agency.
Bianca Britton of CNN, Jonny Hallam, Sara Mazloumsaki of Atlanta, and Peter Taggart of Northern Ireland contributed to it Report at.