A man in his 50s has been subjected to what police have termed a “vicious and brutal” paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast.
The victim was shot in the leg in an alleyway off the Dunville Street area on Friday evening.
Police have issued an appeal for information about the incident.
The victim, along with anyone who happened to witness this, would have been petrifiedDetective Sergeant Gardiner
Detective Sergeant Gardiner said: “This was a vicious and brutal attack, which happened at a time when families could have been going about their daily business.
“The victim, along with anyone who happened to witness this, would have been petrified.
“Such actions have no place whatsoever in today’s society, and I am appealing to anyone with information to contact us on 101, quoting reference number 1844 of 22/11/19.”
According to PSNI statistics, there has been a surge of paramilitary-style shootings in recent months.
The Police Recorded Security Situation Statistics, covering the period from November 1 2018 to October 31 2019, record no such shootings taking place between April and July.
This was before eight paramilitary-style shootings were recorded in three months between August and the end of October.