THE PSNI have confirmed that they have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man in tonight's shooting in Warrenpoint.
A woman is in a critical condition following the incident.
In a tweet a PSNI spokesperson confirmed: " Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the fatal shooting of a man on Lower Dromore Road, Warrenpoint around 7.30pm this evening.
"A female has also sustained serious injuries during the incident and has been taken to hospital. Police are appealing for witnesses."
Sinead Bradley MLA said that she understood a man had been killed in a Facebook post earlier this evening.
"There will continue to be traffic disruptions for the time ahead and people are advised to avoid the area where possible," the SDLP South Down MLA said on Facebook.
Sinead Ennis MLA said in a statement that the Warrenpoint community had been left stunned by the incident.
"Our first thoughts are with the family of the victim," she said.
"The PSNI have the area sealed off and I would appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to assist the investigation."
There are no further details at this stage but we will bring them to you as soon as we have them.