Teen 'critical' after city shooting

Published Wednesday, 13 February 2013
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A teenager, who was shot in the legs in north Belfast, is in a critical condition in hospital.

Teen 'critical' after city shooting
The incident took place in the Ardoyne Avenue area. (© UTV)

The paramilitary style shooting took place on Tuesday at around 8.30pm in the Ardoyne Avenue area.

The 18-year-old was shot a number of times in the thigh and buttock and is being treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital in the city.

A spokesperson for the Belfast Trust described his condition as critical on Wednesday.

A 39-year-old man has been arrested in relation to the attack.

Police want to hear from anyone who saw or heard anything suspicious, particularly the movements of vehicles, around the Flax Centre off Ardoyne Avenue between 8-9pm on Tuesday night.

Oldpark councillor Nichola Mallon condemned those responsible.

"I understand the young victim of this apparent paramilitary style shooting is in a critical condition," said the SDLP representative. "Our thoughts are with him and his family.

"This was a horrific and unjustifiable attack.

"Kangaroo courts and vigilante justice is not welcome in Ardoyne and must not be allowed to have any place in our society."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Eamo in Belfast wrote (715 days ago):
To Tommy Atkins why should Gerry condemn this act of babarity he is a TD. And it has been condemned by SF. If the police were to have arrested the thugs on illegal flag protests then there may have been more of them in uniform on the streets and then this may not have happened. But as it is Loyalists know everyhing
Observer in Online wrote (716 days ago):
No excuse for riots or loyalist attacks on PSNI but the reoublican movment havent stopped punishment shootings since the GFA and are still intent on murder of police officers, prison officers etc. There is a bit of a difference in the intent between the 2 sides. Loyalists - violence due to frustration and continued attacks on culture, parades, orange halls etc. Republican - intimidation, crime, ethnic clensing of border areas, mischief, mayhem & murder of security forces. Nothing changes...
Daniel in East wrote (716 days ago):
To the three comments before mine - what have the psni and protest marches got to do with an 18 year old lad being shot ? Whatever he done, he did not deserve this. Have some respect and keep your posts to the relevant news ! Thoughts and prayers are with this young lad.
Lee in Belfast wrote (716 days ago):
Why do the police not go after these shooters and bombers? is it easier to lift a wee lad waving a flag or something? start earning your wages PSNI and go after the people out shooting and killing your collegues , you owe it to their memories to catch the perpitrators and not go softly-softly on easy targets.
Anon in Belfast wrote (716 days ago):
Well said scott. Gazza thinks he bizzarely has the moral high ground. An often forgotten gremlin is that the first policeman killed in the troubles was by loyalists. The decent people of NI see no difference in criminals whatever their identity
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