Northern Ireland

Man shot dead in Waringstown, County Down

Shooting
Image caption The shooting happened on Monday night at a filling station in Waringstown

A man has been shot dead in Waringstown, County Down.

It happened at a filling station on Main Street in the village shortly after 21:00 BST on Monday evening.

The incident is not believed to be linked to recent dissident republican activity.

DUP Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart said: "It is shocking at any time for someone to be shot in the constituency, but more so in somewhere like Waringstown.

Image caption The area around the shooting has been closed as police launch an investigation

"It is a generally quiet village with a thriving population and I would condemn this in the strongest terms."

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly said: "The local community is in shock this evening after the violent murder of a man in a shooting in Waringstown.

"This is a quiet, settled village and people are appalled that violence has been brought onto their streets."

Eóin Tennyson, Alliance councillor for Lagan River, called it "a shocking and outrageous act of violence".

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"There can be no place for guns on our streets in Waringstown or anywhere else in Northern Ireland," he said.

"I am absolutely disgusted by this incident and it must be unequivocally condemned by all."

The area around the shooting has been closed to traffic. Diversions are in place.