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Dissidents who shot man in legs then turned weapon on Sinn Fein office

Police at the scene of a shooting incident in the Norglen Road area
Police at the scene of a shooting incident in the Norglen Road area
Police at the scene of a shooting incident in the Norglen Road area
Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan.
Mark Bain

By Mark Bain

A gunshot was fired at the west Belfast constituency office of a Sinn Fein MLA during a paramilitary-style attack on Sunday night in which a man was left with potentially life-changing injuries.

The victim in his 30s was shot in the legs in the Norglen Road/Monagh Crescent area of Belfast at around 11.30pm.

Sinn Fein MLA Pat Sheehan confirmed that his office was targeted during the attack and condemned those responsible.

"The people who carried out this attack have left a man with potentially life-changing injuries," he said.

"They then recklessly fired a shot across the road and through the window of my constituency office, endangering anyone who may have been in the vicinity. That is an attack on the democratically expressed wishes of the people of his area.

"Sinn Fein will not be deterred by this mindless attack from providing services to the people of Turf Lodge and west Belfast. These people have nothing to offer but intimidation and mindless violence.

"They should desist and get off the backs of this community.

"And I call on anyone with any information on this attack to bring it forward to the police."

Police say the shooting is being treated as a paramilitary-style assault.

Appealing for information, the PSNI said it believed the attack on the man and the shot being fired at the Sinn Fein offices were linked.

It added: "This incident is another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence."

Local SDLP councillor Tim Attwood also condemned the incident.

"Paramilitary-style attacks have no place in our society and must stop immediately," he said.

"Those taking the law into their own hands must themselves be brought to justice.

"People in west Belfast have the right to live free from this type of vigilantism that does nothing to right wrongs but merely causes more irreparable damage to our community."

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