A father was killed by a gunshot on Sunday while he was in a crowded supermarket in Northern Ireland with his son.
The victim is 35 years old and a father to a boy. The gunman aimed at him between shoppers and shot him several times outside the Sainsbury’s supermarket on the bounds of Bangor, Co Down.
The Police Service of Northern Ireland stated that the boy was lucky he wasn’t killed or even got injured in the process.
Some people reported a confrontation between the killer and his victim before a lone gunman fired four to six bullets at the father.
The incident happened at about 3pm off the Balloo Link road. The victim was shot while standing next to a black SUV car in the supermarket’s car park.
Detectives believe there are more than 100 witnesses to the incident.
The murder’s description
Superintendent Brian Kee, District Commander Ards and North Down District, nicknamed the shooting as brutal and terrible. Kee also pointed out the psychological trauma the youngster must have felt.
“This cold blooded murder was carried out in broad daylight in front of families who were out enjoying this Bank Holiday weekend,” he said.
“The recklessness of this murder is all too evident. It is beyond belief that the gunman shot the victim when he was out with his son. This young boy witnessed everything and he will undoubtedly carry that memory for the rest of his life. We are very lucky that we are not also dealing with the death of this child today,” Kee added.
One witness said hat paramedics were trying to rescue him for 45 minutes before transferring him to an ambulance with a police agent.
Kee made sure that all eyewitnesses to the incident contact the detective unit in the upcoming days.
“We are keen to gather as much information as possible,” Kee said. “At the centre of all of this we have a grieving family and local residents coming to terms with a brutal shooting in the heart of their community.”