Police this week came under attack in the Markets area of south Belfast from assailants using fire works as missiles — after they were called to investigate the shooting of a man in the area.
One police officer sustained injuries in the attack.
A 20 year old man who was found with gunshot wounds to his legs had been attacked at around 9pm on Tuesday night (September 20), according to |police.
It is thought two men entered the property he was in and asked for him by name and then shot him in the kitchen or living room of the property.
Laganbank Alliance councillor Catherine Curran has condemned the attack on police officers investigating the crime and also condemned the shooting incident.
Cllr Curran said: “These are both appalling incidents and my thoughts are with the man injured in the shooting and the police officer injured in the attack.
“These despicable acts of violence have absolutely no place in our society and people in the area are shocked and appalled at both incidents.
“The police protect the whole community and display massive courage in doing so. They should not have to face attacks like this when they are going about their crucial work.”
A spokesperson from the Markets Development Association told the Community Telegraph: “The community here condemn any kind of violence against anyone in the community.
“Our boss is going round to speak with the family of the man later today to see what we can do to help,” he added.
A police spokesperson said: “Detectives at Musgrave Street are appealing for witnesses following a shooting incident in the Markets area of Belfast.
“At approximately 9.15pm it was reported that a 20 year old man had sustained gunshot wounds to his lower legs.
“Police at the scene have come under attack by fireworks. One officer has sustained injuries, which are not thought to be life threatening.
They added: “Anyone who noticed any unusual activity in the area or who has any information is asked to contact CID at Musgrave Street on 0845 600 8000.”