Dissidents blamed after man shot dead in South Belfast

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
The scene of the shooting in South Belfast
The scene of the shooting in South Belfast

Dissident republicans have been blamed for shooting 28-year-old Stephen Carson in South Belfast last night.

Sunday World sources have said that the INLA were behind the attack

His partner and a 9-year-old were in the house when he was shot.

Up to four men forced their way into a house on Walmer Street, just off the Ormeau Road before shooting the 28-year-old victim dead.

The father-of-two was taken to hospital but later died.

A PSNI spokesperson said: "Police can confirm that a 28-year-old man has died following a shooting incident in the Walmer Street area of south Belfast last night, Thursday 25 February. 

"Just before 10.45pm, police received a report that up to four men had forced their way into a house and shot the man. He was taken to hospital but unfortunately passed away as a result of his injuries.

"Detectives have launched a murder investigation and Detective Chief Inspector Richard Campbell is appealing for anyone who noticed any suspicious activity in the area, or who knows anything about this incident, to contact detectives at Musgrave Police Station on the non-emergency number 101. Or if someone would prefer to provide information without giving their details, they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers and speak to them anonymously on 0800 555 111."

Alliance councillor Emmet McDonough Brown said: "Clearly it's a very distressing piece of news to wake up to this morning.

"I understand that several people forced entry into the property and the person was taken away from the scene to hospital, where they later died from their injuries."