Police say a man shot in both legs in Greenisland, Co Antrim, was ordered to turn up for the paramilitary-style attack “by appointment”.

The victim, aged in his 30s, remains in hospital following the incident shortly after 8pm on Friday.

He suffered gunshot wounds to both lower legs.

The shooting was carried out in the Station Road area, close to the train station.

Police believe the victim was ordered to attend the shooting in Greenisland. Credit: Presseye

Alliance East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson, who lives in Greenisland, said: “I have seen first-hand the revulsion after this shooting.

“My thoughts are with the victim after what must have been a horrific experience.

“It is frightening to hear about more guns in our community. Those who carried out this attack need taken off the streets immediately, before they repeat this disgusting act of violence.”

This is totally barbaric and must stop. No-one deserves to have this happen to them and there is absolutely no justification for an attack like this in our communities.

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Mary White

PSNI Detective Chief Inspector Mary White said: “We believe at this time that the shooting was by appointment and that the man had been ordered to attend this location to be shot.

“We must all work together to bring those responsible to justice and to stop this from happening to anyone else.”

DCI White added: “I am appealing to anyone who saw any suspicious activity in the Station Road area on Friday evening, or anyone who was driving in the area at around 8pm and who has dash-cam footage, to contact detectives at Antrim on 101.

“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 - which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”