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Police arrest man (39) in connection with Springfield Road shooting

Mark Edwards

By Mark Edwards

Police have arrested a 39-year-old man in connection with the shooting of a man in west Belfast on Monday evening.

The 30-year-old victim who was shot outside a chip shop ion the Springfield Road at around 7.45pm on Monday.

The suspect was arrested in the west Belfast area on Tuesday and is in custody at Musgrave Police Station assisting with enquiries.

The BBC is reporting the victim was shot in the ankle and back. He remains in intensive care at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Mary White said that five rounds were fired, two of which hit the victim.

She told the BBC the three stray rounds "could have injured anybody", including women and children who were in the area at the time.

"We could have been dealing this morning with further casualties," she said.

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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

Brendan McMillan, who had served the victim in a chip shop before the shooting, said it was "pandemonium" when the gunman opened fire.

"He left [the shop] and 60 seconds later he was shot," he said.

"Everybody was shocked and scared, people were running for their lives."

A Northern Ireland Ambulance Service spokesman told the Belfast Telegraph that an ambulance crew was driving up the Springfield Road at around 7.40pm when they heard a number of shots and they were on the scene within a matter of minutes.

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

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