Police say north Belfast shooting was ‘callous attempt to kill’

A 29-year-old man is in a critical condition in hospital after he was shot in north Belfast. Credit: Pacemaker

Detectives investigating a shooting in north Belfast on Sunday night are treating the incident as attempted murder.

Police received a report at around 11.15pm that a man had been shot at the rear of a house in the Hopewell Crescent area.

Detective Chief Inspector Natalie McNally said: “A 29-year-old man was brought to hospital for treatment to his injuries, where he remains in critical condition.

This shooting was a callous, brutal and violent attempt to kill, carried out in a heavily populated residential area.

DCI Natalie McNally

The policewoman explained that a burnt out vehicle was found on Fortwilliam Golf Course near Grays Lane a short time after the shooting.

Police believe a car found burnt out on Fortwilliam Golf Course was used in the shooting. Credit: Pacemaker

Police believe the car may have been used in connection with the attack and has been recovered for forensic examination.

“We would urge anyone who was in the area of Hopewell Crescent yesterday evening, or who may have any information that could assist us with our inquiries to contact detectives," DCI McNally said.

"No matter how small or insignificant you think your information may seem, we would encourage you to come forward to police and not to share it on social media.

“We are particularly keen to hear from anyone who saw a dark-coloured saloon car leave the area at speed just before 11.15pm. We would also to appeal to anyone with CCTV footage in the area, or any drivers with dashcam footage, who have yet to come forward, to call 101 quoting reference number 2006 of 21/02/21.

“A report can also be submitted via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/ or alternatively, information can be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”