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Loyalist Willie Young shot in north Belfast

Willie Young was shot in Mount Vernon on Saturday night. Picture by Pacemaker

THE man shot and injured on Saturday night in north Belfast was prominent loyalist Willie Young.

The 51-year-old was shot in the chest through the door of a property in the loyalist Mount Vernon estate.

Mr Young was taken to hospital but police said his injuries were “not believed to be life-threatening at this time”.

Four other people were in the property at the time but all others escaped unhurt.

Detectives confirmed they are treating the shooting as attempted murder.

Detective Inspector Michael McDonnell said "this was a reckless and callous act and certainly an attempt to kill this man in cold blood".

“We believe a gunman got out of a car, approached an address in Mount Vernon Park and knocked the front door.

“As the victim opened it, he was shot once in the chest with what we believe was a handgun, through the door of the house.”

Police have appealed for information about a car suspected to have been used in the shooting.

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