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BBC Northern Ireland's David Gordon
Two years ago Mr Mahood was left for dead by loyalists
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Monday, 24 July, 2000, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Shooting victim was shot before

The shooting occurred in Lavens Drive in north Belfast
A former Progressive Unionist Party member was slightly injured when shots were fired at his car in north Belfast.

This is the second time Jackie Mahood has been wounded in shooting incidents. He was shot twice in the head and left for dead by loyalists in 1997.

In the latest incident, Mr Mahood, who owns a taxi firm, was giving an employee a lift home when his car came under fire.

Shots were fired as they got into a car at Lavens Drive off the Crumlin Road shortly after midnight on Sunday.

The PUP, of which Mr Mahood was formerly a member, has links with the loyalist paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force.

Mr Mahood described to a BBC reporter how he escaped the latest shooting.

"I revved the car and drove away at high speed. They continued firing indiscriminately. Bullets hit the back and side of the car."

He told how he drove the car to Tennant Street RUC station and parked inside the barracks.

Jackie Mahood:
Jackie Mahood: opposed to direction of peace process
He was then taken to hospital where he was treated for shrapnel wounds to his back and shoulder before being released.

Mr Mahood told the BBC that he believed his opposition to the current direction of the peace process had caused him to be targeted.

He said he would not be driven out of business or out of Belfast.

Loyalists are believed to be responsible for the latest shooting.

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