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Video: Man held after Ardoyne shooting

By Victoria O'Hara

Police are quizzing a man after shots were fired in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast in an incident condemned by a senior PSNI officer as “extremely reckless”.

Officers responded to a report of shots being fired at a man in the Stratheden Street area shortly after 7am yesterday. The man was not injured during the attack.

The Antrim Road, from Carlisle Circus to Pim Street, remained closed for most of the morning as police examined the scene.

The area cordoned off by officers caused minor disruption to motorists. Police arrested one man and also seized a vehicle during the security operation.

Detective Chief Inspector Alan Little condemned the shooting, adding that it was lucky no one was injured.

“This was an extremely reckless act in a heavily populated area,” he said. “Thankfully no one has been injured.”

DCI Little said police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them.

“We are investigating a number of lines of enquiry and I am keen to hear from anyone who was near the Antrim Road/Stratheden Street area this morning and who may be able to assist.”

Sinn Fein councillor Conor Maskey said he had “no idea whatsoever” why the shots were fired.

“I'm hearing locally that possibly two men approached another person and then whatever ensued from there, at least one shot has been fired,” he said. “It's obvious to condemn the use of any weapon, but specifically the firing of a gun.”

Detectives can be contacted at Antrim Road CID on 0845 600 8000. Information can also be passed on anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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