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Appeal for witnesses after man (37) shot dead in Warrenpoint last night

A 21-year-old woman who also sustained gunshot injuries remains in critical condition in intensive care.

Wayne Boylan
Wayne Boylan
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Updated Jan 19th 2019, 5:05 PM

POLICE IN NORTHERN Ireland are appealing for information following the fatal shooting of 37-year-old Wayne Boylan in Warrenpoint, Co Down last night. 

A 21-year-old woman also sustained gunshot injuries in last night’s incident and was taken to hospital where she remains critically ill in intensive care.

“Wayne was enjoying an evening with friends at his friend’s home in Lower Dromore Road when two cold-blooded killers burst into the house at around 7.30pm,” Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce said. 

The pair, who were masked, fired at Boylan with what police believe to be a shotgun, striking him in the head and fatally injuring him, according to Boyce. 

Boylan died at the scene. 

“This was a senseless and callous murder perpetrated on a completely unsuspecting man. Wayne was a father and his two young children have been left without their father,” Boyce said.

He was a son, a brother and a friend. His murder has caused his family and friends immeasurable pain and their lives will be forever changed by his loss.

Wayne Boylan death Police remain at the scene of the shooting Source: Rebecca Black via PA Images

At this time, no clear motive for the attack has been identified. 

“Today, I am appealing directly to those who may have information about his murder. Do you know the people involved? Please tell us what you know,” Boyce said. 

“Were you in the Lower Dromore Road area last night between 6pm and 8pm? Did you see the gunman or any unusual vehicles in the area? Did you see any vehicles being driven erratically in the area of Lower Dromore Road or the dual carriageway between Newry and Warrenpoint yesterday evening around 7.30pm? Please tell us what you saw,” he said. 

We want to be able to give answers to a grieving family – to give them justice by putting his murderers behind bars. 

The PSNI major investigation team can be contacted by calling 02844 611001. 

Information can also be provided anonymously to UK Crimestoppers. 

With reporting by Adam Daly

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