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Newry: Man dead following shooting in Ardcarn Park

A murder investigation is under way after a man died following a shooting in Newry. It happened at Ardcarn Park on Thursday evening.

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A murder investigation is under way after a man died following a shooting in Newry. It happened at Ardcarn Park on Thursday evening.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene, police have said.

Ardcarn Park is closed to motorists and pedestrians.

SDLP councillor for the area Michael Savage condemned what he called “a reckless act that resulted in the death of a person”.

It is understood the man was shot a number of times as he stood at the back of his car.

Neighbours described what they thought was fireworks going off, only to realise someone had been killed outside their door.

“This was a horrendous act on the streets of our city,” Mr Savage, who is chairman of Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, said.

“It happened at around 6 o’clock when people would have been about, families would have been about.

“My thoughts are with the family of the deceased man and I wish to offer them my condolences. My thoughts are also with the people of Ardcarn.”

His party colleague, Newry and Armagh assembly member Justin McNulty said: “Nobody wants to see scenes like this in our community, there can be no place for guns on our streets.

“I would encourage anyone with any information to come forward to police as soon as possible so the people behind this disgraceful attack can be apprehended.” 

The shooting happened at around 18:00 GMT on Thursday

Sinn Féin assembly member Liz Kimmins said: “This was a very brutal killing and a family have now been left grieving and the community left very, very frightened.

“It’s just horrendous news. There’s just absolutely no room for this type of criminality on our streets and those responsible have nothing to offer”

Alliance Policing Board member Nuala McAllister said: “This is a call back to the dark old days and we cannot allow those who want to drag us back to the past to do so.”