A man has been shot dead in front of children from a nearby school in west Belfast.

The attack happened on the Glen Road this afternoon when the victim was shot a number of times as he sat in a parked car near St Mary's Grammar School.

Panicked parents heard gunfire and rushed to the scene at around 3pm this afternoon, elected representatives added.

Local SDLP councillor Tim Attwood condemned the shooting.

He said it was "absolutely sickening" that a gun was fired in the vicinity of both a primary and a secondary school.

The killing was also condemned by the Sinn Féin MP for the area, Paul Maskey, who said it was a "disgraceful and horrific" attack and was deeply concerning. 

Both politicians said anyone with information about the shooting should bring it to the PSNI.

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Detective Chief Inspector Peter Montgomery said: "Police are currently at the scene of a shooting during which a man died this afternoon.

"I would like to appeal to anyone who saw a man in his 40s, wearing a high vis vest with the words Security on the back heading in the direction of Glen Road, as well as anyone who witnessed the shooting or was in the Glen Road area from 3pm today, to come forward and speak to police."