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Residents' horror after Belfast man is shot six times in legs

By Rebecca Black

Published 17/10/2016

The scene of a shooting incident in the Glenwood Drive area of west Belfast
The scene of a shooting incident in the Glenwood Drive area of west Belfast

A man has been shot up to six times in the legs in a paramilitary-style shooting in west Belfast.

A police spokesman said the male victim is aged 56 and that the shooting took place in the Glenwood Drive area of Poleglass, on the outskirts of west Belfast at around 7.45pm.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries.

It is understood that the man is from the Ardoyne area of north Belfast.

Residents gathered following the incident to express their shock and offer support to each other.

Sinn Fein councillor, Stephen Magennis, spoke to some of the people in the area after the attack had taken place. Condemning the incident, he said: "I don't yet know the full circumstances of the incident, but guns should not be brought on to our streets."

It is the latest so-called 'punishment shooting' in a series of similar attacks.

On September 30, a man was dragged into an alleyway in the lower Falls area of west Belfast and shot twice in each leg. The attack was carried out by two men on Bread Street, beside St Peter's Cathedral.

In June, members of the public took part in a rally at Belfast City Hall in protest at the rise in paramilitary attacks.

Earlier that week, two men had been targeted in separate attacks in north and west Belfast, within the space of an hour.

In April, north Belfast taxi driver, Michael McGibbon (33), died from his injuries after being shot three times in the leg in an alleyway at Butler Place.

Investigative journalism website, The Detail, reported earlier this year that violent paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland has resulted in 1,100 bombings and shootings over the past 10 years, along with almost 800 so-called punishment attacks and 4,000 cases of people being forced out of their homes.

PSNI Inspector, Tony Frazer, has appealed to anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or has any information, to contact police officers at Woodbourne Station on the non-emergency number 101.

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