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Springfield Road shooting victim Decky Collins was 'under threat from armed groups'

A 39-year-old man arrested over the shooting has been released unconditionally.

Collect image of Deaghlan (Decky) Collins who was shot on the Springfield Road
Collect image of Deaghlan (Decky) Collins who was shot on the Springfield Road

The victim of a shooting in west Belfast on Monday evening was "under threat from several armed groups", according to reports.

The Irish News has reported Deaghlan 'Decky' Collins is well known in the west Belfast area.

He was shot twice on the Springfield Road after being chased as he left a chip shop.

Mr Collins, who is now in a stable condition in hospital and is believed to have become a father recently, was heard screaming for help.

Police are now treating the incident as attempted murder and believe paramilitaries may have been involved.

On Tuesday, the PSNI said detectives had arrested a 39-year-old man. The man was arrested in west Belfast was taken into custody at Musgrave Police Station for questioning. He has since been released unconditionally.

The attack happened outside a chip shop at around 7.40pm and police believe the gunman made off on foot along Kashmir Road after the shooting.

He is described as being of medium height and wearing dark clothing.

A passing ambulance crew heard the gunshots and saw the man lying on the pavement.

An Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “One of our crews was on the Springfield Road at around 7.40pm when they heard a number of gunshots.

“They then saw a man lying on the pavement and tended to him before he was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital.”

Police remained at the scene throughout Monday night and Tuesday morning, as forensic experts gathered evidence.

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