Man shot dead in West Belfast social club – The Irish Times

A man has been shot dead in a social club in west Belfast. The shooting took place at Donegal Celtic Football Club’s social club in Suffolk Road.

It is clear that the club was busy watching football on TV when the shooting took place on Sunday afternoon.

There was a heavy police presence on the scene in the aftermath. Two ambulances were parked on the property while a PSNI helicopter hovered above the ground.

Many officers were present and the area was cordoned off.

Sinn Fein MP for West Belfast Paul Maskey said the community was in shock. “There is total shock in this community today with the offense that happened in Donegal Celtic today,” he said as he visited the crime scene.

“My thoughts and condolences are with this man’s family.

“Personally I do not know the victim, but what I do know is that there is a family and our thoughts and condolences are with this man’s family at this stage.

“There is a family there and it is clear that they are grieving at this particular stage and of course they will also seek help from the community.

“But there is a shock within this community and people are extending their condolences to this man’s family.”

Mr Maskey urged anyone with information to contact the police.

“I condemn those responsible. There is no place for guns in our streets,” he said.

Part of Suffolk Road remained closed with a number of diversions on Sunday afternoon. – FATHER

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