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Man 'chased down' Belfast street and shot several times critical in hospital

The scene of the shooting on the Springfield Road in Belfast. Credit: BBC
The scene of the shooting on the Springfield Road in Belfast. Credit: BBC
Police are at the scene of a shooting in west Belfast (stock photo)
Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

A 30-year-old man is in critical condition in hospital after being chased along a Belfast street by an armed man and shot a number of times.

He has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital, with police describing his condition as critical.

It is understood the victim had just come out of a chip shop on the Springfield Road when he was attacked.

The gunman is believed to have made off on foot along Kashmir Road after the shooting.

Detective Inspector Michael McDonald said: "This was a reckless and ruthless attack carried out in broad daylight beside a busy main road in a residential area and endangered the lives of everyone in the vicinity.

"I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or who may have captured the scene on dash cam to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101 quoting reference number 1883 22/07/19 or Crimestopper anonymously on 0800555111."

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It is understood the victim had just left a chip shop when he was chased and shot. Photo Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph that an ambulance crew was driving up the Springfield Road at around 6.40pm when they heard a number of shots and they were on the scene within a matter of minutes.

The spokesman said a man was found on the pavement having been shot in the lower legs.

He has been taken to the Royal Victoria Hospital for treatment.

Sinn Fein MLA Fra McCann condemned the shooting.

“The is a disgraceful attack and I condemn it," the west Belfast MLA said.

“This brutal shooting was carried out in broad daylight and in full view of the local community. 

“There is no space for this type of activity in our society. It’s wrong and unacceptable.

“I would urge anyone with information to bring it forward to the Police.”

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