Murder investigation launched after man (43) dies in Belfast shooting

Victim is believed to have been shot in his home at least twice

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A murder investigation is underway after a 43-year-old man was shot dead in west Belfast last night.

It happened at a house in Glenwood Court in Poleglass at around 8.15pm.

The victim was taken to hospital where he later died.

Local SDLP MLA Alex Attwood condemned the attack, describing it as "barbaric".

"These savage assaults had no place in our past and they have no place in our society today," he said in a statement.

"This is a very small group of people, unrepresentative of the local community, who have now repeatedly taken the law into their own hands.

"The best response that we can make is to provide information to law enforcement and ensure that these individuals are caught, arrested and prosecuted under the full weight of the law."

Mr Attwood told Good Morning Ulster: "A gunman or gunmen turned up at a house and at least two shots were fired.

"The result is that one man is dead. His family are in deep distress and the community is tangibly shocked and shaken."

It comes just days after a paramilitary-style shooting in the same area.

The 56-year-old victim of that attack in Poleglass was shot a number of times in the leg on Sunday night.