Waringstown: Murder investigation after man found shot in vehicle


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Police officers revisited the scene of the shooting on Tuesday

Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was shot dead in Waringstown, County Down.

The victim, named locally as Malcolm McKeown, 54, was found in his vehicle parked behind a petrol station on Main Street at about 21:00 BST on Monday.

The incident is not believed to be linked to recent dissident republican activity.

PSNI Det Ch Insp Michelle Shaw said police enquiries were at an “early stage”.

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Forensic officers examine a vehicle believed to be linked to the incident, near Lurgan

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie said he knew the victim, who had attended his constituency office in the past.

“The police need to get on and do their job in respect of this horrible murder,” he told BBC Radio Ulster’s Good Morning Ulster.

“Yet again we see guns on our streets and that’s not acceptable in any shape or form.”

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The area near the scene of the shooting remained closed to traffic on Tuesday

DUP Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart condemned the shooting.

“It is shocking at any time for someone to be shot in the constituency, but more so in somewhere like Waringstown,” she said.

“It is a generally quiet village with a thriving population.”

Sinn Féin MLA John O’Dowd said “people are appalled by what has happened”.

“A PSNI investigation is now under way and that must be allowed to proceed,” he said.

SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly said the local community was in shock.

“This is a quiet, settled village and people are appalled that violence has been brought on to their streets.”

Eóin Tennyson, Alliance councillor for Lagan River, called it “an outrageous act of violence”.

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The shooting happened on Monday night at a petrol station in Waringstown

“There can be no place for guns on our streets in Waringstown or anywhere else in Northern Ireland,” he said.

The area around the shooting remained closed to traffic on Tuesday.



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