Man shot dead in front of friends
Published 31/03/2013 | 06:41
A Belfast pizza delivery driver was gunned down at close range in front of three close friends, police have revealed.
Kieran McManus, 26, originally from the Turf Lodge area in the west of the city, was shot by a lone masked gunman at about 11.20pm on Saturday night. He died a short time later in hospital.
The father-of-one, who was known to police, was hit a number of times as he stood talking to friends outside his car at Domino's Pizza on Kennedy Way, where he had been employed.
Police, who have described the killing as brutal, declined to disclose whether the gunman had called his victim by name.
"Nothing justifies the brutal attack on Kieran and the death of a young man. Today we have, on Easter Sunday, a mother mourning the loss of her son, and that is a very sad state of affairs," said PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter who is leading the murder hunt.
A dark red Astra vehicle was found burnt out at Deanwood Park - a residential area in Andersonstown - a short distance from the crime scene.
The senior officer said a motive for the shooting had yet to be established. However, at this stage the killing is not believed to be sectarian.
"This investigation will look at Kieran's activities, but today Kieran is a victim. We are keeping an open mind to the motive and we are working on a number of lines of inquiry," DCI Baxter added.
DCI Baxter said some key witnesses had still not come forward with information.
"We know there were people in the area, we know they have information and we desperately appeal for them to come forward," she said.