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Eyewitness says shooting victim was Kevin McGuigan who died at the scene

 Police in Comber Court, Short Strand after a man named locally as Kevin McGuigan was gunned down. Picture by Declan Roughan
Andrea McKernon

A man has been shot dead in the Short Strand in east Belfast. He has been named locally as Kevin McGuigan.

The shooting happened in Comber Court in the nationalist enclave at about 9pm on Wednesday. 

A resident said Mr McGuigan was gunned down and died at the scene of the shooting. He was taken to Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital where his death was confirmed. There was a heavy police presence in the area in the aftermath of the shooting.

The killing comes three months after the shooting dead of senior republican Jock Davidson. 

The prominent republican was gunned down in a residential street just yards from his home in the Markets area of south Belfast as he walked to work in May.

The 47-year-old, who worked for the Market's Community Association, had just left a corner shop where he called each morning to buy a paper when he was ambushed.

It is believed a lone gunman emerged from an alleyway and shot the former IRA leader several times in the head and chest before making off on foot.

There were threats in the wake of the murder to "execute" the people who killed Gerard 'Jock' Davison.

Mr Davison was believed to have been present during a fight in Magennis' Bar in 2005 that resulted in the high-profile killing of 33-year-old Robert McCartney.

He was among three IRA members expelled following an internal investigation in the wake of the death. He was questioned by police but released without charge.

Mr McGuigan's murder was condemned by local Sinn Fein councillor Niall Ó Donnghaile.

"I unreservedly condemn the shooting of a local man near his home in the Short Strand tonight.

"This action has shocked the local community and my thoughts are with the family of the victim.

"There can be no place for actions like this in our society.

"The community here rejects any attempt by any armed group to turn the clock back to the past," he said.










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