EAST Belfast MP Naomi Long has condemned the shooting of a 24-year-old woman as “barbaric”.
The victim was shot a number of times at Lord Street Mews, off the Beersbridge Road, around 10.40 pm on Wednesday night.
According to the police, the woman was shot in the lower abdomen, hips and knees.
She was taken to hospital but her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The area’s MP Naomi Long said: “This was an utterly appalling and barbaric. I call on anyone with information on to give it to the police.”
Local people at first mistook the shots for fireworks.
One man told Belfast Daily: “People have been left very frightened about this attack on a young woman in the area.
“We don’t know what is behind it but she is a very lucky girl to be shot that many times and survive.
“People said they heard her screams. She was in a lot of pain and shouting ‘help me, help me’.
“It is just appalling that anyone could do this.”
Crime scene investigators spent Thursday morning at the sealed off shooting incident gathering forensic evidence.
Detective have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 0845 600 8000.