Kevin McGuigan shot dead in Short Strand area of east Belfast
A man has died after being shot in Comber Court in the Short Strand area of east Belfast.
Police said the victim was gunned down at around 9pm.
The victim was named locally as Kevin McGuigan, a former IRA prisoner, who was in his early 50s and married with children. He was pronounced dead in the city's Royal Victoria hospital.
It is understood Mr McGuigan was injured in a paramilitary punishment style attack a number of years ago.
A significant police presence remained in the Short Strand in the wake of the shooting.
First Minister Peter Robinson said: "This was a brutal murder carried out in a residential area. Whatever the circumstances there can be no justification for such actions.
"Terrorism was always wrong and must be condemned. I know that the vast majority of people in Northern Ireland do not want to see this kind of activity back on our streets. I would hope that those responsible can be quickly identified and brought to justice."
Sinn Fein councillor Niall O Donnghaile also condemned the shooting.
Mr O Donnghaile said: "I unreservedly condemn the fatal shooting of a local man near his home in the Short Strand tonight and I am saddened to learn that the man has died. This action has shocked the local community and my thoughts are with the family of the victim.
"There can be no place for actions like this in our society. The community here rejects any attempt by any armed group to turn the clock back to the past."
My thoughts are with the family of the man shot dead in the Short Strand area of Belfast tonight.I unreservedly condemn this appalling deed.— Martin McGuinness (@M_McGuinness_SF) August 12, 2015
There can be no justification for the murder in Short Strand tonight. No one has the right to take the law into their own hands.— Gavin Robinson (@GRobinsonDUP) August 12, 2015
There is no place for murder and violence in our community. The perpetrators of Short Strand attack must be brought to justice.— Chris Lyttle MLA (@Chris_Lyttle) August 12, 2015
DUP East Belfast MP Gavin Robinson said: "I unreservedly condemn this brutal murder. It is a shocking reminder of scenes no one wants to see on our streets again. There can never be any justification for such actions and it is vital the community stands against those who would attempt to drag us back.
"No one has the right to take the law into their own hands and those responsible for this murder must be brought to justice. I would encourage anyone who was in the area or who might have any information to assist the police with their inquiries."
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