North Belfast shooting was attempted murder, say police

North Belfast shooting was attempted murder, say police

A Belfast gun attack in which a man was critically injured is being treated as attempted murder, police have said.

The 29-year-old victim was shot at Hopewell Crescent in the north of the city at about 23:15 GMT on Sunday.

“This shooting was a callous, brutal and violent attempt to kill,” said PSNI Det Ch Insp Natalie McNally.

She added a burnt-out car, thought to have been used in the attack, was found on Fortwilliam Golf Course and has been taken away for forensic examination.

Ms McNally said police were told that the victim had been shot at the rear of a home at Hopewell Crescent and officers attended the scene along with ambulance staff.

The injured man was brought to hospital on Sunday night and by Monday afternoon, he remained in a critical condition.

Ms McNally said the attack was carried out in a heavily populated residential area and she appealed for witnesses to come forward.

“No matter how small or insignificant you think your information may seem, we would encourage you to come forward to police and not to share it on social media,” the officer said.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a dark coloured saloon car leave the area at speed just before 11.15pm.”

Democratic Unionist Party councillor Brian Kingston went to the area and spoke to residents, who told him they had heard “five or six shots” from an alleyway behind Hopewell Crescent.

He said this was an “appalling criminal act of violence” and had no place in the lower Shankill community or any community.

He appealed for no retaliation and called anyone with information to come forward to help police with their investigation.

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