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Man told to lie down before being shot in Belfast

Published 25/07/2016

Police at the scene of the attack. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police at the scene of the attack. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Police and medics at the scene of a shooting in the Laurelbank area west Belfast. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye
Forensic officers at the scene of the shooting. Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye
The victim was taken to hospital after being shot in the foot. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )
Forensic officers at the scene of the attack. ( Photo by Kevin Scott / Presseye )

A man has been shot in the foot in an attack in a Poleglass, west Belfast.

The man, aged in his 20s, was approached by four masked men in an entryway in the Laurelbank area at around 10.10pm.

He was ordered to lie down before being shot in the foot.

Following treatment at the scene, he was later taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact detectives.

Sinn Fein MLA Jennifer McCann condemned the attack.

She said: "This attack on a young man in the Laurelbank area of Poleglass was wrong and I condemn it.

"There can be no place for these type of incidents in our society.

"I would call on anyone with information on this shooting to bring it forward to the PSNI."

SDLP councillor Brian Heading said those responsible should be "brought to justice".

He said: "Cowards who run about under the cover of darkness ordering young men to lie down to be shot in an alley have no place in our communities. They set themselves up as judge, jury and executioner but they will be rejected by the vast majority who only want peace.

“At a time when this community is in mourning and preparing to pay respects to a loved mother and neighbour, the last thing we need is more tragedy here.

“This was a shameful crime and those responsible must be brought to justice. I would encourage anyone with any information to bring it to the police as soon as possible."

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