Three injured in west Belfast shooting

Published Friday, 28 June 2013
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Three men have been shot in the legs in a paramilitary-style attack in west Belfast.

Three injured in west Belfast shooting
PSNI are investigating the shootings in the Glenveagh Drive area of west Belfast (© UTV)

The shootings happened in the Glenveagh Drive area of the city on Thursday.

The men, aged 25, 24 and 18, were each shot twice in the legs at around 10.30pm.

They were taken to hospital for treatment to their injuries, which are not believed to be life-threatening.

Police are appealing for information about the attack, and a spokesman added: "The motive for the shooting is still being investigated at this stage."

Tim Attwood is SDLP councillor for the area. He described the shooting as a very serious incident.

He said: "Nobody has given these thugs the right to be judge, jury and enforcer in our communities.

"We have a fully accountable policing service, let the PSNI to their job and allow due process and justice to prevail."

Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has called for those who carried out the shooting to leave the people of the area alone.

The west Belfast representative said: "It is well documented that the gangs responsible for these types of attacks are heavily involved in criminality themselves.

"They offer the community nothing but misery and the people can see through their hypocrisy of claiming to be helping the community.

"These gangs will not stop this community from moving forward and the sooner they get the message that they are not wanted, the better."

© UTV News
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42 Comments
Eamo in Belfast wrote (481 days ago):
To Lee then give up the man who tried to murder the policewoman over Christmas period. Give up the guys who murdered Tommy English or Pat Finnucan?
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (481 days ago):
I agree with you Lee. Then maybe the Loyalists wouldn't be able to peddle their death drugs on the streets or carry out there own punishment beatings like that one recently in Castlereagh......
Good to see in UK wrote (481 days ago):
The residents groups have got their priorities right about what to protest against.....
Lee in Belfast wrote (482 days ago):
END COLLUSION NOW... between residents and terrorist gunmen.
Mike in Belfast wrote (482 days ago):
aye right enough.......all those UVF punishment shootings and the murder of a guy on the Shankill a year or two ago..were all reported to the police,,they were queuing at the police station gates dont make me laugh.,,Like it or not people are afraid
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