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Family grief at man's shooting

The family of a 24-year-old father shot dead in a back garden has said that they are "devastated" by his murder.

Mark Shaw died from a single gunshot wound to the head in what police are treating as a targeted attack, saying they believe he had a "connection" with his killer.

He was found fatally wounded by police and paramedics shortly before 1am on Saturday at the back of a terraced house in the Top Valley area of Nottingham. Paramedics tried to revive Mr Shaw at the property on Heatherington Gardens but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A keen Nottingham Forest fan and footballer, Mr Shaw, of Winterton Rise, Bestwood, was the "loving" father of a two-year-old son, his family have said.

In a statement released by police, his family added: "He (Mr Shaw) was popular and kind and had a great sense of humour. We are all devastated by what has happened and will miss him dearly."

A police cordon remains around the property as forensics officers continued to search for clues. As they hunted the gunman, detectives spent the day speaking to residents in Top Valley who they believe may have seen something. There have also been a number of police patrols in the area.

Nottinghamshire Police said it is "pursuing a number of lines of inquiry" from a dedicated incident room at Radford Road police station.

Chief Inspector Matt McFarlane, from the force, said: "From talking to members of the community, we know this incident has caused shock and concern, however, we do not believe there is a wider risk to members of the public.

"We do not believe this is a random attack and know that the key to finding who is responsible lies within the community."


From Belfast Telegraph