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Last Updated: Thursday, 25 March, 2004, 17:21 GMT
Motive mystery in fatal shooting
A forensic scientist gathers evidence at the murder scene
A forensic scientist gathers evidence at the murder scene
Police investigating a fatal shooting in County Down are still searching for a motive for the killing.

The shooting happened at Beaufort Walk in the loyalist West Winds estate in Newtownards at about 2000 GMT on Wednesday.

Self-employed builder Andrew Cully was shot up to ten times as he sat in his parked car.

The 47-year-old father of two was originally from Portavogie but lived at North Street in Grey Abbey.

A man in his forties has been arrested by police investigating the murder, and is being questioned about serious crime in the Newtownards area.

He is being held at Antrim Police Station.

When the first ambulance arrived at the estate minutes after the shooting on Wednesday night, Mr Cully was already dead.

The area around the scene was cordoned off on as police launched an investigation. Forensic scientists moved in on Thursday morning to carry out a detailed search for evidence.

Police say they have previously had no major difficulties at the estate.

Stormont Security Minister Jane Kennedy condemned the killing as "barbaric".

Democratic Unionist MLA Jim Shannon said there had been a rise in paramilitary shootings and beating over the last few months.

"This is an escalation away above and beyond anything we have experienced for a long time," he said.

"I think we are all horrified at the fact that a murder has taken place in the West Winds estate, which is a comparatively safe estate and where there's a lot of good people."

Fellow DUP Assembly member George Ennis said it was not clear why Mr Cully had been killed.

"It seems to have been a random killing which has caused shock and disbelief within the wider estate and community in Newtownards," he said.

"It was something that we had thought was behind us as a result of the so-called peace process."




WATCH AND LISTEN
BBC NI's Shane Glynn reports
"Mr Cully's family was too upset to talk to reporters"


BBC NI's Paul McKillion reports
"Detectives are questioning the man about serious crime in the Newtownards area"



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