The shooter who killed Belfast man Mark Hall ‘narrowly missed’ his sister, who police say is lucky to be alive as they launched a murder investigation following Saturday’s killing
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A man was shot through the window of his home in front of his horrified family by two gunmen in what police believe was a targeted attack.
A shot was also fired at the sister of victim Mark Hall, passing through a handbag and narrowly missing her as she stood in the street outside.
Mr Hall leaves behind his partner Sabrina Wilde, who is pregnant with their second child, and their young daughter, Freya Joanne.
Detectives have launched a murder investigation following Mr Hall’s death in Belfast, northern Ireland, on Saturday.
Superintendent Eamonn Corrigan said: “What we currently know is that two gunmen approached Mark’s family home on Rodney Drive shortly after 4.30pm yesterday evening.
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“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 present in the room when these shots were fired, all narrowly missing injury.
“As the gunmen made off, a shot was fired at Mark’s sister which passed through her handbag. She is lucky to be alive today.”
The two men were armed with handguns and fired at least seven shots, Mr Corrigan said.
He continued: “Mark was taken to hospital and despite the efforts of paramedics he died a short time later as a result of his injuries.
“Our thoughts are very much with his entire family who are in a state of absolute shock and grieving for their loved one.
“No family should ever have to go through this unbelievable heartbreak. There is 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.”
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Mr Corrigan said it was too early to speculate on a motive for the murder but said that it was a “targeted attack”.
He added: “These gunmen do not think about the impact attacks like this have on the wider community, who are rightfully shocked and fearful.
“I would appeal to anyone who has any information about this murder to bring it forward.
“I need to hear from those who may have witnessed the attack or seen anyone acting suspiciously in the Rodney Drive area before or after the shooting.
“This is a busy area with many residents and I am also asking anyone who may have captured any video footage of the incident to please make contact and make that available to us.
“These gunmen were completely reckless and dangerous in their actions. They fired shots in a street in which a child was standing, and this child would have been visible to the gunmen.”
“We could have been dealing with multiple fatalities today,” he added.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.