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targeted attack'Trainspotting 2 actor Bradley Welsh was shot dead on the doorstep of his home while his partner and young daughter were inside, police have said today. A murder investigation has been launched into the death of the 48-year-old father after he was killed by a bullet to the head as he was walking down the stairs to his Edinburgh flat. An anonymous ex high-ranking officer has also come forward and claimed Welsh was a guy youd call a ken-speckled character who had a few enemies. Police were called to Chester Street in the west end of the city at around 8pm on Wednesday after multiple reports of a gunshot. A neighbour who heard the gunshot, found Mr Welsh fatally wounded outside his flat but it was only once police arrived that his family learned of his horrific death. Detective Suppc蛋蛋微彩平台 erintendent Allan Burton from the major investigation team said: We have a lady whos lost a partner, a child whos lost a dad, a family who have lost a son and brother. Bradley Welsh playing crime boss in Trainspotting 2 Tributes have been left near the scene of the shooting (Image: PA) Read MoreRelated ArticlesEdinburgh shooting: Trainspotting 2 star Bradley Welsh shot dead in street An

d so, for their sake, and the sake of everybody else in this community, please come forward and help us find the person responsible for this horrific death. Mr Welshs partner and young daughter were in the house at the time when this took place. Thankfully they were

unaware - they never heard the bang, if you like. He added: When the police arrived, thats when the knowledge and horrors of losing Bradley to them had become real. They are devastat

ed. We will support them as best we can, with specially trained family liaison officers, and well continue to do that over the coming weeks and months in preparation for any future trial. But its not sinking in just yet, its going to take time. The 48-year-old father was killed outside his Edinburgh flat (Image: SWNS.COM) Forensics at the scene earlier today (Image: PA) Read MoreRelated ArticlesBradley Welsh chillingly revealed he was haunted by ghetto past before death Their whole world has been turned upside down by the actions of an individual last night. Detectives believe Mr Welsh was shot in a targeted attack by a man who fled the scene on foot. In a plea for witnesses, Mr Bur

ton called for people who have got any information, or have heard any rumours or speculation, or know someone whos acting differently after the events of last night and are suspicious of this individual - please come forward. Dozens of forensics officers were searching Chester Street and neighbouring roads within the large police cordon. Dt Sup Burton added: Well be looking to see if anything has been dropped, discarded, someones been standing by waiting for Mr Welsh to return. Any cigarette butts, cans, etc could indicate the presence of any individual. We will be conducting a fingerprint examination of the railings and premises and fixed furniture round about the entrance to the apartment, looking for fingerprints and DNA. Bradley Welsh appeared on Danny Dyers Deadliest Men in 2008 Police are combing the area for clues (Image: SWNS) Read MoreRelated ArticlesDanny Dyer pays touching tribute to good soul Bradley Welsh after actor shot dead Well be doing a full forensic examination of Mr Welshs apartment to see if theres anything in the flat that might give us an indication of the motivation and why he has been targeted. Welsh starred alongside Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller and Robert Carlyle in T2 Trainspotting, playing gangland figure Mr Doyle. He also appeared in an episode of Danny Dyers Deadliest Men in 2008. Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, tweeted: Bradley John Welsh, my heart is broken. Goodbye my amazing and beautiful friend. Thanks for making me a better person and helping me to see the world in a kinder and wiser way. Mr Welsh was also involved in charity projects in Edinburgh, including helping young people to stay away from a life of crime through his Holyrood Boxing Gym. Police were called around 8pm on Wednesday after multiple reports of a gunshot (Image: PA) No arrests have yet been made (Image: PA) Read MoreRelated ArticlesBrit in coma after being hit by car hours after arriving on Budapest holiday Bunches of flowers, cards, teddy bears and football scarves in the colours of Mr Welshs beloved Hibernian were laid at the edge of the police cordon by friends and family. Builder Morgan Currie, 20, visited the scene of the shootin

g and said: I knew him through his charity work. He was a gentleman every time I saw him, no matter what and with anybody. With all the charity work, with all the amazing stuff for homeless people, he was just a true gentleman. He just kept his head down, looking after his kids and his fiance. Hes a family man and just loved doing his charity work. When I heard about it this morning I got a fright, I was like oh my God. Its not sunk in yet. Up to a dozen armed officers were sent to Chester Street after the shooting (Image: REX) Read MoreRelated ArticlesNotre Dame fire: Cause of blaze revealed by police The shooting has had a profound impact, according to Chief Inspector David Robertson, who said: Id like to reassure the public that murders in Edinburgh are extremely rare, the use of a firearm even more so. Edinburgh remains a safe place to live, work and visit. As local area commander, I recognise the profound impact that this incident has had on Mr Welshs family, his friends and on the wider community. Id like to take the opportunity to offer my sincere condolences to them and officers will be providing additional patrols, additional reassurance and carry out invest

igations over the coming days. Weve put in place a significant major investigation with significant resources and we are doing everything we can to identify those responsible and bring them to justice swiftly. Video LoadingVideo UnavailableClick to playTap to playThe video will start in8CancelPlay now Meanwhile, a former top police officer

has described Welsh as a ken-speckled character whose criminal connections would now be looked into. The Edinburgh Evening News reported that a former police officer believed the death of Welsh could be solved within a day. Speaking to the newspaper, the ex high-ranking

officer said: He was a guy youd call a ken-speckled

character. He had a lot of connections. He was some-time showbiz and a part-time actor, but at the same time he had a lot of criminal connections. When you live a life like that, youre going to have a few enemies. The police will be going through the motions, trying to piece together what happened. He added: Theyll be looking at his latest movements, any threats, looking at his criminal associates. Most of these cases are done and dusted in the first 24 hours and I wouldnt be surprised in thats the case. Read MoreTop news stories from Mirror OnlineSnow causes treacherous conditionsBritain to rescue trapped UK citizensMiracle tot saved despite heart stoppingKobe helicopter given special clearance