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Man shot in thigh by masked men in Ardoyne

Police are investigating a shooting in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast. Credit: Presseye

A man in his 30s has been shot in the thigh by masked men in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast – in a house where a woman and four children were present.

Police say the victim was walking in the Jamaica Road area when he was approached by two men and dragged into a house at Ardglen Place, where the shooting was carried out.

Officers attended the scene at about 10.40pm on Saturday night and the man was taken to hospital for treatment.

This was a savage attack carried out by two masked men who showed no regard for the other people who were present in the house, which included a woman and four children under the age of 16.

There is no doubt the merciless actions of the thugs responsible will have left them all traumatised.

– PSNI Detective Inspector Andrew George

PSNI Detective Inspector Andrew George said: “Those who are involved in these attacks do not represent the interests of this community, nor do they contribute anything to it.

“Nothing gives these people the right to violate the human rights of people, and their actions should be condemned by all.

“Our investigation is underway and we are working through a number lines of enquiry to establish a motive for this brutal attack.”

Sinn Féin councillor JJ Magee has also condemned the attack as “wrong”.

“There is no place for guns on our streets,” he said.

“Anyone with information should bring it forward to the police.”

The shooting happened at Ardglen Place in Ardoyne, north Belfast. Credit: Presseye

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101, or anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The gunman has been described as being between 5ft 9ins and 5ft 11ins tall and aged in his late 40s or early 50s. He was wearing black trousers, a black coat and a black peaked hat.

The second suspect has been described as being taller than the other and was wearing a peaked cap.

“I want to appeal to anyone with any information to pick up the phone and tell us what you know,” DI George added.

“If you were in the Ardglen Place/Jamaica Road area last night, at a round 10.35pm, call our detectives at Musgrave on 101.

“Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”