MAN SHOT IN BOTH LEGS AFTER HOODED MEN AMBUSH HIM IN WEST BELFAST

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood

A MAN is recovering in hospital after being shot in both legs following a two-man ambush in west Belfast.

The 37-year-old man was out walking in the Downfine Walk area, near the Trinity centre in Turf Lodge, when he was attacked on Friday shortly before 6.30pm.

He was approached by two men who dragged him through an alleyway before shooting him three times.

The victim was taken to hospital with gunshot wounds in each calf and also in his left thigh.

The PSNI said: “His condition is not believed to be life threatening at this stage.”

It is the second shooting in west Belfast in the space of two days.

In the first attack on Thursday, a 16-year-old schoolboy was shot in the leg after two armed men stormed his Whitecliff Parade.

Two members of the gang held the victim’s mother at gunpoint as they searched through rooms in the house looking for their target.

SDLP councillor Tim Attwood has condemned those behind the attack in Turf Lodge.

“On Friday evening I attended the scene in Turf Lodge where a young man had been brutally shot in the leg 3 times in a so called punishment attack.

“The cowardly men, wearing hoods, engaged in these attacks have no place in our community.”

He added: “Everybody who believes in human rights and justice must condemn these attacks and give their unequivocal backing to the PSNI in their efforts to police our communities.”

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