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Man (30s) dies after being shot horror gun attack in west Belfast

It is understood that the man was hit a number of times.
Police at the scene of the shooting on Rodney Drive in Belfast. Picture Mark Marlow

Police at the scene of the shooting on Rodney Drive in Belfast. Picture Mark Marlow

Neil Fetherstonhaugh

A man has been shot and killed in a gun attack in west Belfast this evening.

The PSNI is investigating the incident that occurred at Rodney Drive close to the Falls Road at around 5pm.

Locals reported hearing several shots being fired and it is understood that the man was hit a number of times.

In a statement, the PSNI said: "A man in his 30s was taken to hospital with gunshot injuries and has since been pronounced dead.

"Detectives have launched a murder investigation."

Stormont MLA Gerry Carroll of People Before Profit, tweeted that it was “horrific to hear another shooting happen this evening in West Belfast”.

He added: “There is absolutely no place or justification for these heinous acts. My thoughts tonight are with the victim, their family and everyone impacted by this barbaric and awful incident.”

Paul Doherty of the SDLP added: “Appalling that guns have been used once again on our streets in West Belfast following a shooting incident in the St James' area.

“I have been speaking with residents this evening who are shocked & distressed at this senseless act of violence.”

"The thoughts of the whole community are with the victim this evening after this heinous attack.”

It follows an earlier, unrelated incident in which a 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of the murder of a woman in north Belfast.

Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said the body of the woman was discovered in a property in Harcourt Drive this morning.

"A post-mortem examination will take place in due course but I am treating her death as murder at this time," he said.

“A 30-year-old male has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.

“I am appealing for anyone who was in the area of Harcourt Drive and who witnessed anything or anyone with any information that can assist my investigation contact Detectives on 101 quoting reference 790 18/12/21.

“Alternatively 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.”


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