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Witnesses appeal after man injured in street shooting

The man was treated in hospital after the incident in Short Strand.

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The PSNI has appealed for witnesses (PA)

The PSNI has appealed for witnesses (PA)

The PSNI has appealed for witnesses (PA)

Police are appealing for information after a shooting in Belfast.

Detectives have called for witnesses after a man was shot in Short Strand on Saturday night.

Police said the man was walking in the area around 7.45pm when he was shot. He attended hospital for injuries that are not life threatening.

A PSNI spokesman said: “Guns have no place in our community.

“We are fortunate that we are not dealing with a fatality today following this disgraceful attack in which a firearm was discharged in a residential area in the early evening.

There is no place for guns in our society and those responsible for the attack must be taken off the streets and should face due process in the courtsGerry Kelly, Sinn Fein

“The people undertaking these attacks do not represent our communities and I would appeal to anyone who was in the Short Strand area last night and noticed any suspicious activity or vehicles being driven in a suspicious manner to contact detectives at Musgrave on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 1711 25/01/20.”

Sinn Fein policing spokesperson Gerry Kelly condemned the attack.

“Thankfully the man has not been seriously hurt but it appears this was an attempt to kill or injure him,” he said.

“There is no place for guns in our society and those responsible for the attack must be taken off the streets and should face due process in the courts.

“I appeal to anyone with information to bring it forward to the police and assist the police investigation in any way possible.”

Information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

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