Murder probe launched after four-man hit team force their way into home and shoot victim
Published 26/02/2016 | 08:04
A 28-year-old man has died following a shooting incident in south Belfast on last night.
Up to four men are believed to have forced their way into a house in Walmer Street and shot the man. He was taken to hospital but unfortunately passed away as a result of his injuries.
The incident was reported to police just before 10.45pm.
The scene, just off Belfast's Ormeau Road, has been sealed off as police forensics officers carry out detailed investigations.
A large cordon has been put up around the two-storey mid-terraced house with uniformed officers stationed at both ends of Walmer street.
A number of neighbouring streets have also been closed and officers were seen searching an alleyway earlier this morning.
There are unconfirmed reports that a child of primary school age may have been in the house at the time of the attack.
Neighbours, who claimed the victim had only recently moved into the area, have spoken of their shock.
One woman, who declined to be named, said she heard a commotion but did not think it was a cause for concern.
"I can't believe this has happened on my doorstep," she said.
Sinn Fein councillor Deirdre Hargey has condemned those responsible for the shooting, adding it was "wrong".
She said: "There is widespread shock in the area this morning as people hear of this killing.
"I would call on anyone with information on this shooting to bring it forward to the PSNI so that those responsible can be caught and taken off the streets."
SDLP MLA Claire Hanna, who lives in the area, described the murder as "horrible news".
Ulster Unionist MLA Michael McGimpsey said the brutal killing could not be justified.
He said: "Northern Ireland was plagued with this type of incident for decades, and nobody, but nobody, wants to return to those dreadful days.
"It goes without saying that whoever was responsible must be caught, brought before the courts and given sentences that fit this shocking crime.
"The entire community must give the police every assistance as they conduct their investigation."