Police investigate shooting in west Belfast

Police at the scene near the Monagh Road in west Belfast. Credit: Presseye

A man aged in his 20s has been shot several times in both legs in west Belfast.

It happened in an alleyway near shops in the Monagh Road shortly after midnight on Thursday 27 May.

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

Detectives say that the attack was planned and have described the shooting as 'brutal.'

Detective Sergeant Eric Fairfield said: “Shortly after midnight, police received reports that a man, aged in his 20’s, had been shot a number of times in both legs in an alleyway near shops on the Monagh Road.

“Following the incident the victim was taken to hospital for treatment to his injuries which are not believed to be life threatening.

“This has all the hallmarks of a paramilitary-style shooting. It was a planned, vicious and brutal attack, which is completely unacceptable in today’s society.

“I am appealing to anyone with information that could assist our investigation to contact detectives at Musgrave on 101, quoting reference number 28 28/05/20.“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.”