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Man shot dead in Belfast last night named

NewsBy Jamie McDowell
Forensics examine the scene of last night's murder in Poleglass (Pic Pacemaker)
Forensics examine the scene of last night's murder in Poleglass (Pic Pacemaker)
The scene at Glenwood Court (Pic Pacemaker)
The scene at Glenwood Court (Pic Pacemaker)

A murder investigation has been launched after a 43-year-old man, Joe Reilly, was shot dead in his Belfast home last night.

The attack happened in the Glenwood Court, Poleglass, just after 8pm.

There are reports that Mr Reilly was shot twice in the chest through the window of the house.

Family and friends who gathered at the scene were said to be 'distraught'.

SDLP MLA Alex Attwood told the BBC: "A gunman or gunmen turned up at a house and at least two shots were fired.

"The result is that one man is dead. His family are in deep distress and the community is tangibly shocked and shaken."

Sinn Fein Assembly member Jennifer McCann said: "I condemn the murder of a man who was shot dead in his home in Poleglass tonight.

"This brutal killing has achieved nothing other than plunging another family into grief and despair.

"I have expressed my condolences to the victim's family and I appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to the police."

SDLP MLA Alex Attwood said such "barbaric" attacks had "no place in our past and they have no place in our society today".

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, James Brokenshire, took to Twitter, saying the attack was "senseless" and "brutal".

 

 

In the last few days dissident gunmen are believed to have been behind two gun attacks.

On Wednesday a man was abducted in Derry before being driven to Hass Park in Dungiven where he was shot.

At the weekend another man was shot in the legs in the same area where Mr Reilly was murdered.

More to follow...