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Ruthless, premeditated killing carried out in front of wife

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/08/2015

Kevin McGuigan was shot multiple times in the head and chest at point-blank range, police confirmed yesterday.

Detectives called the Short Strand murder "ruthless and premeditated" as they laid out a timeline of Wednesday night's events. Father-of-nine Mr McGuigan (53) was shot by two masked gunmen at around 8.45pm outside his home at Comber Court in the Short Strand area, the PSNI said.

The former IRA member had been out with his wife and got out of their car to open a gate into their home when two masked men approached and shot him a number of times.

Emergency services were called at 8.55pm and rapid response paramedics and an A&E crew were at the scene within minutes.

Mr McGuigan was rushed to the Royal Victoria Hospital but died a short time later.

The officer leading the murder investigation, Detective Chief Inspector John McVea from Serious Crime Branch, said: "This was a ruthless and premeditated killing, carried out in front of Mr McGuigan's wife Dolores outside their home.

"At this point we believe two men were involved in the murder, approaching Comber Court on foot. They fired at Mr McGuigan from point-blank range, striking him a number of times in the head and chest.

"They had their faces covered and were wearing dark clothing. Afterwards, they ran off."

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