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Community stunned as police name Warrenpoint shooting victim

Police checkpoint night

A man shot dead in Warrenpoint on Friday night has been named as 37-year-old Wayne Boylan.

Police have launched a murder inquiry after Mr Boylan was shot on the Lower Dromore Road, close to the golf club, around 7.30pm.

A 21-year-old woman, who was rushed to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry, is fighting for her life in intensive care.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce said: “It’s understood two men entered a property on Lower Dromore Road at around 7.30pm last night and fatally shot Mr Boylan

“A 21-year-old woman also sustained gunshot injuries and was taken to hospital where her condition this morning is believed to be critical.

“A motive for the incident has not yet been established and I am appealing for information. I would particularly like to hear from anyone who was in the area last night and who may have seen two men or any vehicles fleeing from the scene immediately after the shooting.

“Major Investigation Team detectives can be contacted by calling 101, quoting reference 1115 18/01/19.”

Police checkpoints were set up across the area.

Sinn Fein MLA Sinead Ennis said the community had been left shaken.

“The community of Warrenpoint are shocked and stunned by this news,” she said.

SDLP MLA Sinead Bradley (below) said: “It’s awful. It’s genuinely shocking.

“I just join with the community in telling of my absolute shock that this has happened.”

Local Independent councillor Jarlath Tinnelly said Warrenpoint generally would be “a very quiet town and has seen nothing like this certainly since the end of the Troubles.”

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