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Man suffers 'potentially life-changing' injuries after west Belfast shooting

By Claire Williamson

A 24-year-old man has suffered "serious and potentially life-changing" injuries in a Belfast shooting.

Police said a number men in dark clothing entered the house in the Whiterock Drive area of west Belfast on Friday night.

They struck a man over the head with a hammer before shooting him in both knees and ankles in a rear yard at around 7.10pm.

Two females, aged 17 and 21, who were in the property at the time were left "extremely shaken" at witnessing the incident.

Detective Inspector Michael McDonnell said: “The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries, which are serious and potentially life-changing.

"This was a brutal and callous attack in a residential area where other residents or passers-by could have been injured. It is yet another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence.

“I would appeal to anyone with information about this incident, or anyone who may be able to help identify the attackers, to contact Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1189 of 19/1/18.

"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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