Published Thursday, 26 September 2013
The 24-year-old was shot up to five times in her abdomen, both legs and left arm, and is currently recovering in hospital.
Her condition is described as stable and her injuries are not life threatening.
Loyalist paramilitaries have been blamed for the "barbaric" attack, which happened in the Lord Street Mews area, just off the Beersbridge Road, at about 10.40pm on Wednesday.
Police said they are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry.
A spokesperson said: "The investigation into the incident is in its early stages and several lines of enquiry are being investigated.
"Police are treating this incident as attempted murder and would appeal to anyone who witnessed this incident or anyone who has any information to contact them."
The woman, who single and is said to be from the area, is understood to have been attacked by gunmen who burst into the house she had been living in for several years.
Neighbours in the quiet cul-de-sac in the heartland of loyalist east Belfast reported hearing several loud bangs or cracks but mistook the shots for fireworks.
Local politicians have condemned the shooting as "barbaric".
Robin Newton of the DUP continued: "There can be no justification for this dreadful act and society needs to move away for such barbaric behaviour.
"This type of action drags the community back to the bad old days when there is a great desire across society to move on to better days.
"The PSNI needs support from the people of East Belfast to help stamp out such actions."
Judith Cochrane, Alliance MLA for East Belfast, said: "There is no place on our streets for gun violence. A life could have been lost last night. My thoughts at this time are with the woman who was shot, I hope she will be able to make a full recovery from her injuries."
UUP councillor Jim Rodgers said: "[It's] absolutely unbelievable what is happening. There's too many people taking the law into their own hands, acting as judge, jury and executioner."
Police called on anyone with any information to contact them at Musgrave on 0845 600 8000 or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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