Man shot dead in Northern Ireland village

The victim was found in his car (Google Maps)

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was found shot dead at a petrol station in Co Down.

The man’s body was found in his car parked at the back of the station in Waringstown, 20 miles south-west of Belfast on Monday night.

The incident is not believed to be linked to dissident republican activity.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Shaw said: “Our inquiries are at a very early stage and I am appealing for anyone with information that could potentially assist our investigation to please get in touch by calling 101.”

“Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

Waringstown is south-west of Belfast

DUP Assembly Member Carla Lockhart has urged anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.

“It is shocking at any time for someone to be shot in the constituency but more so in somewhere like Waringstown,” she said.

“It is a generally quiet village with a thriving population and I would condemn this in the strongest terms.”

Social Democratic and Labour Party Assembly Member Dolores Kelly said the local community “is in shock”.

“This is a quiet, settled village and people are appalled that violence has been brought on to their streets,” she said.

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