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Sinn Fein slams 'punishment' shooting of man in Turf Lodge

By Chris McCullough

Published 27/06/2016

Local Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan said those responsible for such attacks should stop
Local Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan said those responsible for such attacks should stop

A man in his 20s has been shot in both legs during a paramilitary 'punishment' attack in west Belfast.

Detectives have appealed for information following the shooting at Ardmonagh Gardens in Turf Lodge at around 9pm on Saturday.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment.

His injuries were described as non life-threatening

Local Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan said those responsible for such attacks should stop.

He said: "I absolutely condemn this shooting and urge those with any information to come forward.

"This is the third such attack in the Turf Lodge area during the past five or six months.

"There is no support in the local community for those that are carrying out these attacks.

"If shooting people was a reliable method of punishing criminals then we would live in a crime-free society considering the number of such shooting attacks we have had."

He added: "Those responsible for these attacks should stop and stop now.

"There is no place for them."

The police said they received a report shortly before 9pm that a man had been shot in both legs.

Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson appealed to anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information about it to contact detectives at Musgrave PSNI station on the non-emergency number 101, or on the Crimestoppers number 0800 555 111.

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