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Man shot in both legs in north Belfast

Police near an apartment block on the Antrim Road where a man was shot several times. Picture by Mal McCann
Suzanne McGonagle

POLICE say the victim of a shooting in north Belfast is in a "stable condition" in hospital.

Four masked men entered a house in the Antrim Road area on Wednesday night around 10.15pm and shot the male occupant in the back of the legs.

A PSNI spokesperson said: “The victim, who is aged in his 40s, was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

"He remains in a stable condition at this time.

“A second man who was also in the property at the time was uninjured, however, understandably he has been left badly shaken."

The spokesman added that police are treating the incident as attempted murder and are "appealing to anyone who was in the area at the time and saw what happened, or who may have any information which may assist, to get in touch".

SDLP councillor Carl Whyte condemned the attack.

"This is a despicable attack that has left a man in hospital with potentially serious injuries and upset the local community in this area who just want to live in peace." he said.

"Nobody should have their lives disrupted in this way and those behind this attack cannot be allowed to cause fear or cast a shadow over this area," he said.

“I would urge anyone with any information about what happened here to come forward to police as soon as possible so that this dangerous weapon can be taken out of circulation before anyone else is harmed and so that the criminals who carried out this shooting can be apprehended.”

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