Teenager shot in west Belfast

Published Thursday, 29 November 2012
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A teenager has been shot as he lay in his bed at his west Belfast home during an attack described by his aunt as "horrific".

Teenager shot in west Belfast
Police investigating the shooting in Whitecliff Parade. (© UTV)

The 16-year-old was shot twice in the leg by masked men who pushed their way into the Ballymurphy property shortly after 9.30am on Thursday.

Two members of the gang held his mother at gunpoint as they searched through rooms in the house in the Whitecliff Parade area, looking for her son.

"They held her and she started to scream," explained the victim's aunt, Bernadette O'Rawe. "She was shouting and screaming at them in a panic."

A third bullet fired at the teenager missed, and as the gang made their way out of his home they fired once more through the kitchen window.

It is understood Ryan, who is in stable condition in hospital, is the son of Gerard Devlin, the west Belfast man who was stabbed to death in 2006 during a neighbourhood feud.

"It was a savage attack on the child... I wonder where we are and why we are going. It was a shocking incident."

Mrs O'Rawe condemned those who attacked her nephew.

"Who are these people to take the law into their own hands for whatever reason? Whatever reason they think they've in their heads they don't have a right to shoot Ryan or any children," she said.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
julie in glasgow wrote (790 days ago):
SHAME on you tommy atkins.This has got to be a SICK wind up cos there is no way you can justify saying something so pathetic and totally thoughtless.Just makes me wonder what sort of things are important to you in your life.
Tommy Atkins in London, England wrote (791 days ago):
Well Conor there was not too much from Sinn Fein when the Provos were carrying out these type of attacks Yes Ryan if it was my family member I would want an inquiry. But that would whether or not the shooting was carried out by British soldiers, provos or drug dealers ETC Jane your comment is undeserving of a reply
conair in belfast wrote (791 days ago):
Tommy Atkins: try and watch the news or read local papers..Everyone in Ballymurphy are against these brutal attacks..sinn fein and the sdlp have condemned this assault,and called on anyone with evidence to help the psni, there are currently 5 thugs serving sentences for carrying out a similar attack in st jamese's 17 months ago and there has been constant calls for these attacks to stop....Though with people like you its only an excuse to have a dig @ the other side of the fence eh?
Ryan in Belfast wrote (792 days ago):
@Tommy Akins, London England. Tommy, we all know what your getting at but if it were a family member of yours that was murdered by a british soldier, wouldnt you want an inquiry?
Jane in Belfast wrote (792 days ago):
I doubt Tommy that the two men who attacked that child, are being paid by the British Government and will receive a big pension for murdering innocent people. Or do you know something we don't? While what has happened here is completely wrong and needs addressing, your Jibe against the wanted Ballymurphy inquest, only shows your ignorance.
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