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Man in shotgun suicide at shelter for homeless

By Chris Kilpatrick

A man is believed to have taken his own life with a shotgun at a homeless shelter in Belfast.

The incident happened at a facility run by the Simon Community on the Falls Road shortly before 3.30am yesterday.

It is understood a 46-year-old man from the city, and known to staff, entered the premises a short time prior to taking his own life.

A source said staff were badly shaken by the incident.

SDLP councillor Colin Keenan expressed his condolences to the man’s family, but added: “I want to seek assurances from organisations including the Simon Community as well as the police that members of staff and residents will be given all the support they need to deal with the tragic events of this morning and also the need to secure their safety in the future.”

A PSNI spokesman said that the police was investigating the man’s sudden death.

The Suicide Awareness and Support Group, based on the Falls Road, declined to comment.

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