Police name man shot dead in Warrenpoint gun attack as Wayne Boylan
Police have named the man shot dead in Warrenpoint on Friday night as 37-year-old Wayne Boylan.
Detectives launched a murder inquiry after Mr Boylan was killed and a 21-year-old woman left fighting for her life in a shooting.
It happened on the Lower Dromore Road in Warrenpoint, close to the town's golf club, at around 7.30pm.
The injured woman was rushed to Newry's Daisy Hill Hospital for emergency treatment with what police said were serious injuries.
Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce said: “It’s understood two men entered a property on Lower Dromore Road at around 7.30pm last night and fatally shot Mr Boylan
"A 21-year-old woman also sustained gunshot injuries and was taken to hospital where her condition this morning is believed to be critical.
"A motive for the incident has not yet been established and I am appealing for information. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who was in the area last night and who may have seen two men or any vehicles fleeing from the scene immediately after the shooting.
"Major Investigation Team detectives can be contacted by calling 101, quoting reference 1115 18/01/19.”
Checkpoints were set up across the area and PSNI tactical support officers were also seen in the area.
Community representatives last night told of their shock.
SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley (below) said: "It's awful. It's genuinely shocking.
"I just join with the community in telling of my absolute shock that this has happened.
"I dread the news that is going to someone's home this evening - for someone to find that somebody belonging to them has lost their life.
"Whatever the circumstances, it's the end of somebody's life, and it's extremely devastating news for anybody to hear."
Local councillor SDLP councillor Gillian Fitzpatrick said: "My thoughts are with those who are involved. It's absolutely shocking news. More details will come out as to what has happened but it is absolutely dreadful that this has happened in such a quiet community."
Sinn Fein MLA Sinead Ennis said the community had been left shaken.
"The community of Warrenpoint are shocked and stunned by this news," she said.
"Our first thoughts are with the family of the victim. The PSNI have the area sealed off and I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to assist the investigation."
Local Independent councillor Jarlath Tinnelly also expressed shock at the murder.
"I have been told by police that a male has been shot dead tonight on the Lower Dromore Road, and there is a girl injured and taken to hospital.
"Warrenpoint generally would be a very quiet town and has seen nothing like this certainly since the end of the Troubles," Mr Tinnelly said.