A man has been shot dead at a petrol station in Co Down, police have said.
The shooting took place on Main Street in the village of Waringstown on Monday night.
It is understood the victim, believed to be a loyalist, was shot close to the petrol station forecourt. The area remained sealed off late on Monday night with police in attendance.
A statement from the Police Service of Northern Ireland said it had launched a murder inquiry after the discovery of a man’s body in a car. DCI Michelle Shaw said: “The man was found in his vehicle which was parked at the rear of a filling station on Main Street in the village. “Our inquiries are at a very early stage and I am appealing for anyone with information that could potentially assist our investigation to please get in touch by calling 101.”
Dolores Kelly, the SDLP’s member for Upper Bann in the Northern Ireland assembly, 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 on to their streets. I would appeal to anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious in the area at around 10pm this evening to come forward and assist police with their investigation.”
DUP assembly member Carla Lockhart also urged anyone with information about the shooting to come forward. “It is shocking at any time for someone to be shot in the constituency but more so in somewhere like Waringstown,” she said. “It is a generally quiet village with a thriving population and I would condemn this in the strongest terms. My thoughts and prayers are with the family caught up in this incident and would appeal to anyone with information to come forward to the police.”