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West Belfast shooting victim Decky Collins reunited with baby son in hospital

Shooting victim Decky Collins in hospital
Shooting victim Decky Collins in hospital
Ralph Hewitt

By Ralph Hewitt

A man shot in west Belfast last Monday has been reunited with his infant son.

Deaghlan Collins, also known as Decky, was shot twice - once in the ankle and once in the back - in front of dozens of bystanders by a lone gunman while leaving a chip shop along the Springfield Road on the evening of July 22.

Since then the 30-year-old has been recovering in the Royal Victoria Hospital, where his condition is described as stable, although the PSNI has stated that he has suffered life-changing injuries.

A photo has emerged of the father-of-three holding his baby boy while lying on his hospital bed.

Two men arrested last week in connection with Mr Collins' shooting were both freed without charge.

The attack happened outside a fast food restaurant 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 was wearing dark clothing.

Decky Collins
Decky Collins

A passing ambulance crew heard the shots and found the victim.

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

It is understood that Mr Collins was under threat from several armed groups.

Police carry out searches after the gun attack on Springfield Road in west Belfast
Police carry out searches after the gun attack on Springfield Road in west Belfast

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