Man shot dead in Londonderry city centre (BBC News Northern Ireland)

A man has been shot dead in Derry city centre.

The area around Shipquay Street has been cordoned off while the scene is examined.

The incident was reported to police shortly before 11:00 BST on Thursday.

SDLP Foyle MP Mark Durkan said: “I strongly condemn this despicable and cowardly attack.

“People in Derry utterly reject any such violence.”

He added: “Shootings like this are resented not just as ruthless attacks on individuals but also as attacks on the peace and image of the city.”

BBC Radio Foyle’s Enda McClafferty, who is at the scene, said it is understood the victim is in his 30’s and that his family arrived at the scene.

DUP Councillor Gary Middleton said: “Everyone is in shock.

“I totally condemn all use of violence on our streets.”

SDLP MLA Pat Ramsey said people were angered and appalled at the shooting in Derry
The murder, and one in Belfast on Wednesday night, were condemned by Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

“Those responsible claim to be dissident republicans. They are not republicans of any shade. They are entirely motivated by criminal intent,” he said.

Martin McGuinness condemns murders in Londonderry and Belfast (NewsLetter)

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has condemned the murders in Belfast and Londonderry.

The veteran Sinn Fein politician said both murders were carried out my criminal gangs – and not republicans.

“Over the past 24 hours two men have been murdered in Belfast and Derry,” he said.

“I condemn these murders without equivocation. Those responsible claim to be dissident republicans. They are not republicans of any shade. They are entirely motivated by criminal intent.

“Many of these gangs are involved in the drug trade themselves. They are routinely extorting money from drug dealers and other criminals.

“They are heavily involved in all sorts of organised crime. Yet they carry out murders like the ones we have witnessed in Belfast and Derry under the bogus notion that they are standing up for the community.”

Mr McGuinness said the “community have already made their stand”.

“They have stood against gangsterism and criminality and stood for peace and building a new future,” he added. “The community now need to work with the PSNI to bring forward information to allow them to tackle criminality and the criminal gangs who seek to profit on the backs of ordinary decent people.”

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