Man shot dead in Waringstown named as Malcolm McKeown
A murder investigation has been launched after a man was found shot dead at a petrol station in Co Down.
The incident took place in Main Street in the village of Waringstown last night.
The victim has been named locally as Malcolm McKeown (54). He was found dead in his car parked at the rear of the filling station just before 9pm.
The man's body was found in his car parked at the rear of the filling station just before 9pm.
It is understood the incident is not initially being linked to dissident republican activity.
@allianceparty statement on Waringstown: Alliance representatives @EoinTennyson and @stewartcdickson express shock after man shot dead. “This is a shocking incident, people stunned by tonight’s events,” said Councillor Tennyson. Forensic examination continues into early hours. pic.twitter.com/DULQcgAhcB— Q Radio News (@qnewsdesk) August 19, 2019
The area remained sealed off on Tuesday morning, with police in attendance.
PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Shaw said: "The man was found in his vehicle, which was parked at the rear of a filling station on Main Street in the village.
"Our inquiries are at a very early stage and I am appealing for anyone with information that could potentially assist our investigation to please get in touch by calling 101.
"Or alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime."
DUP leader Arlene Foster said the shooting appeared to be linked to a criminal gang.
"It was disturbing and very worrying last night, it does appear it is the work of a criminal gang and we do call on everyone in the area and wider to work with the police service to try to bring these people to justice, it is very concerning," she told BBC Radio Ulster.
"Waringstown is a very quiet village, a village where people get up in the morning and go to their work, come home in the evening and look after their children, and to be confronted with this is a real shock for them."
Sinn Féin Assembly member John O'Dowd condemned the attack.
"The shooting of a man in Waringstown has left the local community absolutely shocked," he said.
"This is a very quiet area and people are appalled by what has happened. A PSNI investigation is now under way and that must be allowed to proceed.
"I would encourage anyone with information on what happened to bring it forward to the police."
DUP Assembly Member Carla Lockhart urged anyone with information about the shooting to come forward.
"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 and I would condemn this in the strongest terms.
"My thoughts and prayers are with the family caught up in this incident and would appeal to anyone with information to come forward to the police."
The SDLP's Upper Bann Assembly Member Dolores Kelly said: "The local community is in shock this evening after the violent murder of a man in a shooting in Waringstown.
"This is a quiet, settled village and people are appalled that violence has been brought on to their streets."