Delivery driver shot at close range

Published Sunday, 31 March 2013
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The 26-year-old pizza delivery driver killed in west Belfast was gunned down at close range, police have said.

Delivery driver shot at close range
Police are continuing to investigate the shooting at Kennedy Way (© Pacemaker)

Kieran McManus was working for Domino's Pizza on Kennedy Way, where he was murdered on Saturday.

He was standing outside the premises with three friends shortly before 11.20pm when he was approached by a masked gunman.

It is thought the father-of-one, who lived in the Belfast area and was known to police, was shot a number of times by the lone attacker as he was placing a pizza delivery into the rear of his car.

He was pronounced dead in hospital a short time later.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Karen Baxter, who is leading the murder hunt, said: "Kieran worked for Domino's as a delivery person but last night whilst he was working he was also accompanied by three young friends.

"He was with those three young friends when the attack occurred. He was standing, we believe, outside of the vehicle and shot at short range."

What happened in Kennedy Way last night was a brutal and ruthless attack which has no place in society.

DCI Karen Baxter

A dark coloured car was seen speeding from the scene. A dark red Astra believed to be linked to the murder was later found burnt out a short distance away in Denewood Park.

A motive for the shooting has yet to be established; however the killing is not thought to be sectarian.

"We are keeping an open mind to the motive at this time and we are working on a number of lines of enquiry," DCI Baxter said.

She added: "We are specifically appealing for anyone who may have been in the area around this time last night and who may have witnessed any specific activity or vehicles in the area.

"We are particularly appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the dark coloured Vauxhall Astra car seen leaving the area around the time of the murder or who may have seen it in the Denewood Park area."

Those responsible for this ruthless murder will only be brought before the courts and put behind bars if people with information work with police.

DCI Karen Baxter

The senior officer said the victim's friends were not physically hurt, but were left "desperately shocked" by the attack.

"This is a tragic, tragic situation," she added.

Justice Minister David Ford said his thoughts were with the victim's family.

"I condemn in the strongest possible terms this callous murder. There can be no cause that can justify the taking of a precious human life and no excuse can explain the suffering that results.

He added: "I offer my deepest sympathies to the family of this young man and also my prayers on this Easter Sunday."

Local Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey said those responsible "should be ashamed" and said people in the community have been shocked by the killing.

"A young man was going about his work and somebody has decided that they will take his life from him.

"We are now left with a family without a son, without a brother, and I think it's totally unacceptable and totally shocking."

Alex Attwood, SDLP MLA for the area, said: "I condemn the terrible death of a young man on Kennedy Way late last night.

"At a time of hope in the Christian calendar, this murder is all the more appalling. The sympathy of all will go to a deeply grieving family."

© UTV News
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116 Comments
yasser in west belfast wrote (517 days ago):
murdered by criminal elements not republicans. heaart goes out to the family and his young child.
Irish ghirl in Ireland wrote (517 days ago):
People would do well to remember that in every city in the world there are criminal elements who have access to weapons but have no political affiliations. For those that have jumped the gun presumed this was a politically motivated murder and brought an onslaught of sectarian comments based on this misinformation shame on you. Have some respect for the family and friends of this man, stop hijacking this thread to suit your personal and ignorant agenda instead like some offer your condolences and respects and wait until investigations have been completed tp pass judgement.
Chris in Belfast wrote (518 days ago):
A young man loses his life and there's people in here going on about a bloody flag and how one side is better than the other. You people are an embarrassment to your country!
s magowan in belfast wrote (519 days ago):
Why are there so many guns in Republican West Belfast?.Nobody in that area seems to know nothing,seem to have seen anything.Over the past couple of months we have had the discovery of an RPG in a house in the Falls Rd,then we had Rockets launched at a police station on the Springfield Rd which landed near a primary school and now we have a young man brutally gunned down whilst trying to earn a living.
lorna in limavady wrote (519 days ago):
I can only say that the killers might never look at the damage they have done to yet another family but it is a long road that does not have a turning point.I do not know why they picked on this family but the troubles never went away because it seems if you hate someone (by their standard) they do not deserve to live. Cruel.heartless killers.
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