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Outrage at three gun attacks in Belfast over 24 hours

By Angela Rainey

Published 10/05/2016

Sheridan Street, where a man was shot last night
Sheridan Street, where a man was shot last night
Forensics at the scene of another shooting nearby at Carlisle Square

Prior to the murder bid of Daniel Murray in Belfast last night, there was further anger at the shooting of two young men.

A 17-year-old youth was shot in the leg at Carlisle Square in the New Lodge area of north Belfast at around 7.30pm last night, while in the early hours of yesterday morning, a man was shot multiple times in an alleyway just minutes away on Sheridan Street.

Shots were fired into the 20-year-old man's body as he walked along an alleyway between Sheridan Street and Donore Court, off the Antrim Road, at around 1am.

He was taken to hospital for treatment when a driver unknown to him stopped his car to help before driving him there.

The injuries to both men are not thought to be life-threatening.

Political leaders have condemned the incidents and have urged those with any information to contact police as soon as possible.

Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly said: "A young man was shot in the New Lodge tonight only hours after the shooting of another man in the early hours of this morning.

"I condemn those responsible for both these attacks.

"Two young men have already been killed in these type of attacks in north Belfast over recent months. The people behind these attacks have been rejected by the people of north Belfast at the ballot box.

"Only last week the people endorsed once again those who support the peace process and who are moving society forward.

"The people of north Belfast will not let these armed gangs drag us back to the past.

"Anyone with information on this incident should bring it forward to the PSNI."

Newly-elected SDLP MLA Nichola Mallon added: "This is the second shooting to take place in the New Lodge area in the space of 24 hours. Over recent months in north Belfast people have been murdered and maimed by the actions of faceless self-appointed judges, jurors and executioners.

"These barbaric kangaroo courts of the past cannot be allowed to become a feature of our present. As a community we must stand together and against violence.

"I would urge anyone with any information about these shootings to contact the police, so those responsible can be taken off our streets."

Alliance councillor Nuala McAllister said: "There is never an excuse for this sort of act and I condemn it unreservedly.

"Only last month, we saw a man killed after a paramilitary-style attack in north Belfast.

"The people taking the law into their own hands need to stop - local people have had enough."

The two incidents come just weeks after taxi driver Michael McGibbon was shot twice in the legs in an alleyway in the nearby Ardoyne area.

The 33-year-old later died in his wife Joanne's arms.

Detective Inspector Mary White is appealing to anyone who has any information to contact police.

She added detectives would like to trace the driver of the car who stopped and took the injured party in the first shooting to hospital, as he may have information which would help the investigation.

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