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in custody Man arrested in connection with Mark Hall murder

Mr Hall was shot several times as he sat in his mother's home in the St James' area of Belfast

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Mark Hall with his family

Mark Hall with his family

Mark Hall with his family

Detectives investigating the murder of Mark Hall in Belfast on December 18 have arrested a 40-year-old man. 

The man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

He was detained this morning and remains in police custody.

Mr Hall was shot several times as he sat in the living room of his mother’s house in the St James’ area of the city.

Bullets narrowly missed the victim’s sister as gunmen opened fire on the family home.

Detective Chief Inspector Neil McGuinness said: "This was a callous and targeted attack which has left a whole community in shock.

"We believe that the two gunmen arrived in the St James' area in a silver saloon car which had a taxi sign affixed to its roof. Both gunmen were wearing all dark clothing with coat hoods pulled over their faces.

"I am appealing to anyone who was in the Rodney Drive area and who witnessed any suspicious activity, or who may have captured dash cam footage, to contact us.

“I know that there were numerous people in the St James' area around 4.30pm on Saturday, 18 December. I need to identify and speak to those people to establish a full picture of movement in the area around the time of the murder and to see if they hold crucial witness evidence."

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Graffiti appeared in the St James' area after the murder of Mark Hall

Graffiti appeared in the St James' area after the murder of Mark Hall

Graffiti appeared in the St James' area after the murder of Mark Hall

He added: "Two gunmen approached his family home in Rodney Drive shortly after 4.30pm and fired a number of shots through the front window, striking and wounding Mark.

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"He was taken to hospital, but sadly later died.

"This tragic event took place five weeks ago, that's one week before Christmas. It has left Mark's partner bereft, and his young daughter without a father.

"The whole family are, understandably, struggling to come to terms with the shock and unspeakable heartache.

"Some family members were present in the room when the shots were fired and, as the gunmen made off, a shot narrowly missed Mark's sister, passing through her handbag. The gunmen were absolutely reckless in firing shots into a room with other family members.

"One life has been taken and, without doubt, others could easily have been lost too. I'm referring to Mark's sister, to the other family members, and to local people.

"This happened in a busy residential area at a time when people would have been out and about, going about their business, and no doubt getting ready for what should have been a happy Christmas."

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