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21 August 2003 Edition

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West Belfast man shot dead

Father of five Danny McGurk was gunned down by hooded gunmen at his Ross Road home in the lower Falls at around 11am on Sunday 17 August. McGurk was shot five times and died a short time later at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

The 35-year-old was shot as he watched television just yards from where two of his children were playing. Three more children were asleep upstairs at the time of the shooting. Three masked gunmen were seen by the victim's wife fleeing from the scene. According to the family the attack followed a confrontation on Saturday night involving members of a dissident group.

West Belfast MP Gerry Adams extended his sympathies and condolences to the McGurk family on behalf of the people of West Belfast.

"This is a sad and difficult time for the family and friends of Danny McGurk. There is a sense of anger and outrage with West Belfast at the brutal and senseless murder of Danny McGurk. The people of the lower Falls are also deeply offended at suggestions that Mr McGurk was the target of a punishment shooting, on the contrary Danny McGurk was the victim of gangsterism and thuggery".

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