DETECTIVES have launched a murder bid inquiry after a 30-year-old man was been left with “life-changing injuries” following a brutal dissident republican shooting in Belfast.
The “reckless” shooting happened outside a chip shop on the Springfield Road in the west of the city around 7.45 pm on Monday.
Moments after leaving the chippy, he was chased by a gunman who repeatedly fired at him.
Police said the man was “lucky to be alive” after being shot in the ankle and back by paramilitaries.
The victim remains in intensive care at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
An ambulance crew, which was in the area when the shooting occurred, reportedly heard the shots being fired.
Police described the attack as “reckless and ruthless”.
PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Mary White said the main line of enquiry was that paramilitaries were involved in the shooting.
She said five rounds were fired, two of which struck the victim.
Ms White said the three stray rounds “could have injured anybody”, including women and children who were on the busy road at the time.
“We could have been dealing this morning with further casualties,” she said.
After a detailed examination of the murder bid scene, the Springfield Road is now re-opened to traffic.