Police in Belfast investigating the murder of 30-year-old Mark Hall yesterday say two gunmen approached his family home on Rodney Drive in the west of the city.

Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan described the shooting as brutal which happened shortly after 4.30pm yesterday.

He said: "Mark's sister who was returning from some local shops saw the gunmen approach the house and tried to intervene before a number of shots were fired through the front window striking and fatally wounding Mark.

"A number of family members were in the room, all narrowly missing injury. As the gunmen ran off a shot was fired at Mark's sister which passed through her handbag. She's lucky to be alive today.

"There's no place for guns and reckless violence on our streets. The thoughtless actions of these gunmen could have resulted in a greater loss of life."

Superintendent Corrigan said it was too early to speculate on a motive for the murder but that police believe it was a targeted attack.