52-year-old David Hugh Murphy who was murdered in his Glenwherry home was blasted twice with a shotgun in a vicious attack, police said.
Detectives from the PSNI’s Major Investigation Team have made an appeal for information.
Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy said on Wednesday: “Mr Murphy’s body was discovered by a friend at his home on Church Road at around 1pm yesterday afternoon.
“David had been shot twice with a shotgun and whilst the post mortem is not yet complete, it’s my belief he was murdered.
“Our investigation is at an early stage, just 24 hours in, but enquiries are already gathering considerable pace and I am appealing to the public for their help.
“At this point in time I do not know how many people were involved in David’s murder nor do I have clear definition around the motive for this brutal attack.
“These questions form the main focus of my appeal to the public for help. I am very keen to hear from anyone with information about David’s life and his associations.
“I am particularly keen to understand David’s movements between last Saturday (16th February) and 1pm on Tuesday when his body was discovered. I want to know who he was with and what he was doing. I need this information to assess if his movements over the weekend are of relevance to my investigation.
“I would also appeal to anyone who was near 55 Church Road between Saturday and yesterday. Did you see anything at all? Even if you didn’t think it was something important, please contact us and let us examine the information to decide if it’s of relevance.
“Do you have dash-cam footage which could be of use? I want to speak to delivery drivers who might have been in the area.
“I am keeping an open mind about the motive for David’s murder but there is absolutely no justification for what happened.
“David should have been safe in his home but someone callously shot him in cold blood at some point over the past few days.
“This was not just an attack on David – it was an attack on his parents and siblings who will have to come to terms with their loss.
“The community in Glenwherry have been deeply distressed by this brutal incident which occurred in this normally quiet, rural area.
“I want to reassure the wider public that there is no evidence that they are at an increased level of risk and we are fully committed to catching David’s killer and recovering the firearm used.
“If you have any information which may assist our investigation to call us on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference 544 of 19/02/19.
“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”