A murder investigation is under way after a man was shot dead in west Belfast last night.

The shooting happened at around 10pm at a house in the Lenadoon Avenue part of the city.

Kieran Wylie, 57, was shot a number of times and pronounced dead at the scene.

The PSNI believe dissident republicans were responsible for the killing. Detectives say at least two men were involved in the murder at the house.

Earlier, Detective Chief Inspector Darren McCartney said: "My investigation into his murder is at a very early stage and I am continuing to make inquiries into events leading up to the shooting.

"This was a brutal killing and I believe Kieran was shot a number of times at close range.

"It is too early to be sure about the motive for his murder and at this stage I am keeping an open mind.

"Those involved in this appalling murder offer nothing to the local community and need to be brought to justice.

"Nothing justifies killing another person and the recovery of the gun that was used in last night's murder is a key line of inquiry for me."

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Belfast West MP Paul Maskey said his thoughts are with the man's family.

In a tweet he said that local people were angry that this attack had occurred when community and emergency services "are facing the Covid-19 pandemic".

The PSNI said the investigation is at an early stage.