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Second man arrested over paramilitary shooting outside Belfast fast food outlet

Shooting: Deaghlan Collins
Shooting: Deaghlan Collins

By Staff Reporter

A 33-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a savage shooting in a west Belfast street on Monday evening.

Deaghlan 'Decky' Collins was shot in front of dozens of shocked bystanders on Monday night as he left a fast food restaurant on the city's Springfield Road.

The attack - which could easily have resulted in a fatality - took place at around 7.40pm in the evening.

Police believe the gunman made off on foot along Kashmir Road in the Clonard area after the gun attack.

The gunman is described as being of medium height and was wearing dark clothing.

The man arrested by police yesterday is currently in custody at Musgrave Police Station, where he now is assisting officers with their enquiries into the incident

It is understood that Mr Collins (30) - who had recently become a father - had been under threat from several armed groups in the city.

He is currently in the Royal Victoria Hospital after being shot twice - once in the ankle and once in the back - by the gunman.

It's understood Mr Collins is now in a stable condition in hospital after responding well to emergency surgery for his injuries.

Police are treating the shooting of the west Belfast man as attempted murder.

They believe paramilitaries may have been involved in the attack.

Yesterday's arrest was the second in connection with the shooting of Mr Collins.

On Tuesday the PSNI arrested a 39-year-old man under the Terrorism Act as part of their investigation into the shooting of Mr Collins.

The man was taken into custody at Musgrave Police Station in the city centre for questioning.

He was later released unconditionally, the PSNI said in a statement.

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