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Police officers at the scene of a punishment shooting in the Iris Court area of west Belfast  on November 29th (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Police officers at the scene of a punishment shooting in the Iris Court area of west Belfast on November 29th (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Police officers at the scene of a punishment shooting in the Iris Court area of west Belfast on November 29th (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)

A 29-year-old is in hospital for what is thought to be life changing injuries after a shooting in west Belfast on Wednesday night.

Police received a report at approximately 8.40pm that a man had been discovered in an alley way with gunshot wounds to both his legs.

PSNI are appealing for witnesses and information from anyone that was near the Iris Court area of the city that night.

Chief Inspector Kellie McMillan said: “Violent crime such as this must stop. Not only is there an impact on the victim and their family, but also on the community who are left in fear of such violence taking place on their doorstep.

“So I am appealing for the community to work with us and give us the information we need to put those criminals responsible before the courts to face justice and make West Belfast a safer place.

“To anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any information that could assist with the investigation, please contact Detectives at Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1378 29/11/17. Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”

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