Appeal after attempted murder of man ‘through front door’ of home - injured man shot in chest - four other people in house escaped injury

Detectives investigating the attempted murder of a 51-year-old man last night (Saturday 24 April) at an address in north Belfast, are appealing to the public for information.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 4:23 pm

Detective Inspector Michael McDonnell said: “Police received a report of a shooting incident last night, around 8.50pm.

“We believe a gunman got out of a car, approached an address in Mount Vernon Park and knocked the front door.

“As the victim opened it, he was shot once in the chest with what we believe was a handgun, through the door of the house.

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“The injured man was taken to hospital for treatment: his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening at this time.

“This was a reckless and callous act, and certainly an attempt to kill this man in cold blood.

“ There were four other people in the house at the time of the shooting who could have easily been caught up in the violence.

“The person or people who carried out this murderous attempt had no regard for any of them - or for the neighbours and local people who were in the area, enjoying the late evening sunshine.

“We believe that the gunman got out of a black-coloured three-door Renault Clio with distinctive, heavily-tinted rear windows. We are interested in tracing its movements between 7pm and 10pm last night in the vicinity of the Mount Vernon area.

“Anyone with dashcam footage of this vehicle being driven in the Mount Vernon area between these times or with any other information about the car should contact detectives immediately on the non-emergency number 101 quoting reference number 1901 24/04/21.

“You can also submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at“