Man at wedding shot dead outside church

One of two men shot attending a wedding in the North has died, police have said.

Man at wedding shot dead outside church

One of two men shot attending a wedding in the North has died, police have said.

The incident happened outside St Mary's Catholic church in the rural border village of Newtownbutler in Co Fermanagh at around lunchtime.

It is understood the wedding was being attended by members of the Travelling Community.

The dead man was in his 60s. He was flown to hospital in a police helicopter but later died from his injuries.

The other victim, in his 30s, did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Newtownbutler councillor Thomas O'Reilly, whose office overlooks the scene, said the community had been left stunned.

St Mary's Primary School is adjacent to the churchyard where the incident happened.

"In a very small rural area and village such as Newtownbutler, it is shocking that something like this would happen," said Sinn Féin representative Mr O'Reilly.

Police Service of Northern Ireland Detective Chief Inspector Michael Harvey said: "The victim was shot along with another man outside a chapel on Main Street in Newtownbutler at around 1pm this afternoon.

"He was flown to hospital in a police helicopter but died from his injuries.

"The other man, who is in his 30s, is not believed to have sustained any life-threatening injuries."

Assembly member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone Tom Elliott condemned the attack.

"It is horrific that a gun attack should take place anywhere, but when it happens in the grounds of a church and at a wedding it is even more sinister," he said.

The Ulster Unionist added: "It is very worrying that certain people have access to firearms and are willing to use them for any reason.

"There is a significant onus on police to ensure that these criminals are caught and that the courts ensure they are locked up for a long period."

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