The shooting happened in the Sunningdale Gardens area, off the Ballysillan Road, shortly before 10 o’clock.
The top executives at the Northern Ireland Assembly immediately posted their condemnation of the attack on Twitter.
First Minister, Arlene Foster, said she was shocked and disgusted. She urged people to work with the police as they investigate.
Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, tweeted that there can be no justification for the murder of a well known loyalist. He described the murder as shameful and he unreservedly condemned it.
An investigation has been launched by the PSNI.