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Grandmother left shocked after helping shooting victim

By Kylie Noble

Published 18/10/2016

Police at the scene of the shooting in Poleglass
Police at the scene of the shooting in Poleglass

A West Belfast grandmother has spoken of her shock after the victim of a paramilitary-style shooting knocked on her door and asked for help after the attack.

The 56-year-old man was shot up to six times in the Glenwood Drive area of Poleglass at around 7.45pm on Sunday.

It is understood children were in the area at the time. One claimed to have witnessed the attack.

A woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, said the victim arrived at her door just before 8pm.

Dressed in dark clothes, he asked her to ring for an ambulance. "It was a terrible shock. You just don't know who you're answering the door to," she told the BBC.

"I didn't get much sleep, I've been up all night with my stomach churning. It doesn't bear thinking about if the kids had seen the shooting."

The woman and a neighbour tended to the man while they waited for an ambulance.

The man was shot up to six times in the legs but is now in a stable condition in hospital. He is believed to be from the Ardoyne area of north Belfast.

Sinn Fein MLA for West Belfast, Jennifer McCann, criticised the shooting.

She said: "This shooting of a man in Poleglass was wrong and I condemn it.

"There is no place for these type of actions in our society.

"The message needs to be heard loud and clear in the community that these groups need to halt these attacks immediately."

Stephen Magennis, a Sinn Fein councillor, also added his condemnation. "I've said for a long time now regarding punishment attacks that no guns at all should be brought onto the streets," he said.

"Hopefully these groups will listen."

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