The fatal shooting of a man in front of his partner and an 11-year-old child has been described as "chilling" by police in Belfast. 

Raymond Johnston, 28, was shot dead with a shotgun in Poleglass in west Belfast at around 8pm last night at a house in Glenbawn Avenue.

Detective Chief Inspector Geoff Boyce said: "It is just unacceptable that someone would produce a weapon and open fire in any circumstances.

"However, it is particularly chilling that this attack took place in front of his partner and an 11-year-old child in his own living room."

He wants to hear from anyone who witnessed a man wearing a blue coat with fur around the hood make off from the scene, getting into a black car with tinted windows which drove away, as well as anyone with any other information.

He added: "While a definitive motive for the shooting has not been established we are exploring a number of possible lines of inquiry."

Local Sinn Féin councillor Stephen Magennis said the community was "stunned and outraged" by the attack.

He said he has spoken to some of the victim’s family and friends and "they are obviously devastated and in a state of shock.

"There can be absolutely no justification for this murder which was carried out in the most brutal fashion.

"The people carrying out these attacks are bringing nothing but death and destruction. They need to be condemned and should get off the backs of this community.

"I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this attack to bring it to the PSNI."

SDLP councillor Brian Heading said: "These are scenes that we thought we had left far behind us.

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long tweeted: "Shocking murder in West Belfast this evening. My thoughts are with the victim's family at this time.

"I would appeal for anyone with any information to contact the PSNI.  Whilst those responsible are free on our streets, the community is not safe."