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Gun attack treated as murder bid


Gun attack was murder bid

A gun attack in north Belfast which left a 25-year-old man seriously ill is being treated as attempted murder.

The victim and two of his friends were sitting in a car in Brookfield Place, Ardoyne, when they were attacked just after 2100 BST on Thursday.

Three or four masked men fired shots through the driver's window, hitting the victim in his legs and his abdomen.

A second man, in his 20s, sustained a graze wound to his leg and the third man was uninjured.

Police have said they are continue to investigate a motive for the shooting and have appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

Father Gary Donegan of Holy Cross said that he had talked to the victim's father and offered the family support as the man underwent surgery.

"The young man had received three wounds and the most serious one where the bullet had entered its side and was lodged in his abdomen," he said.

"Now he had remained conscious and spoken to his father but obviously the concern then was about making him stable before entering into an operation."

Sinn Féin's Gerry Kelly said: "Those responsible for this attack are not representative of this community in any way, they have no support and they offer our people nothing but further distress in the time ahead."

The north Belfast assembly member added: "The people of Ardoyne and wider north Belfast have suffered enough, particularly our young people."

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