Belfast Telegraph

Police condemn 'brutal and despicable attack' in which man (20) was shot in both legs

Police have appealed for information about a "brutal and despicable" attack in which a man was shot in both legs in a paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast.

The 20-year-old was injured after shooting in the Ardmonagh Parade area of Turf Lodge, west Belfast.

Police receive a report of the incident a short time before 10.30pm on Thursday night of a man being attacked by three men and being shot three times in the legs and ankle.

The victim was taken to hospital in where he received treatment for his injuries.

On Thursday night, a female local resident told the Belfast Telegraph she did not hear the shooting but was awoken from her sleep by screaming.

Detective Inspector Harvey said: "This was a brutal and despicable attack, which has left the victim with potentially life changing injuries. It is yet another example of how criminal groups seek to control communities through fear and violence.

"I would appeal to anyone who may have noticed any suspicious activity in the area, to contact detectives at Musgrave Criminal Investigation Branch on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1360 12/04/18."

Local SDLP councillor Tim Atwood described that attack as "appalling" and said those carrying out the attacks are "intent to take the law into their own hands".

“In recent weeks, sinister graffiti has appeared threatening further shootings. Twenty years after the Good Friday Agreement, there is no place in our community for threats or violent attacks. We must unite politically and as a community against these attacks," he said.

The public can also contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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