Belfast Telegraph

Man charged after shotgun killing

A man has been charged in connection with the murder of a man blasted with a shotgun on a rural country road.

The 44-year-old has been charged with assisting offenders.

Philip Strickland, 36, was found slumped in a car near Comber, Co Down, Northern Ireland on Wednesday night. He had been shot several times and was declared dead in hospital a short time later.

Five other suspects continue to be questioned about the shooting. They include a man and his two grown up sons.

All six arrests to date have taken place in the Comber area.

The charged man is due to appear in court on Monday.

A further man, aged 54, was later arrested by detectives. He was also detained in the Comber area.

Police are investigating whether the murder was linked to a criminal feud. Mr Strickland, who was from Comber but lived in east Belfast, was known to the police. He was found in the front of his blue Citroen Saxo car on the quiet Ballydrain Road near the village.

Members of the public who made the discovery at around 9pm attempted to resuscitate the badly bleeding Mr Strickland, but he was declared dead in hospital a short time later.

His killers botched an attempt to set the car alight before fleeing from the scene. It is understood a number of vehicles made off along the Ballydrain Road in the direction of Lisbane village after the incident.

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