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Woman saw victim of paramilitary-style attack 'bleeding heavily'

Local resident Angela Whelan. Picture by Ann McManus.

POLICE are investigating after a man was shot in a paramilitary-style attack in Belfast on Saturday night.

The victim, in his thirties, was shot in both legs in an alleyway in west Belfast around 10.30pm.

He was taken to hospital for treatment. His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

Resident Angela Whelan, who was at home watching TV, said she witnessed the aftermath of the shooting.

She said she saw the man lying injured on the ground, bleeding heavily.

She added it was the second shooting in the area in recent weeks.

Detective Inspector Paul Wright said the man was shot in both legs in an alleyway close to the Westrock Gardens and Springhill Drive area of west Belfast.

"While this man's injuries are not life-threatening, they may well be life-changing," he said.

"This was a brutal attack and yet another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence.

"I would appeal to anyone with information about this attack to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101, quoting reference number 1506 of 4/8/18."

Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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