Appeal for information as young man hospitalised after ‘barbaric’ paramilitary-style shooting near ‘hostel for young mothers and children’

Police appeal for information after 21-year-old man was shot in West Belfast.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:58 am

In a statement the PSNI said they were last night attending the scene of a shooting incident in the Summerhill Road area of Dunmurry.

Inspector McCullough said, “Just after 10.25 pm, we received a report that a 21-year-old man had been shot in the lower leg.

“He has been taken to hospital for treatment.

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“While our enquiries are at an early stage, this shooting bears the hallmarks of a paramilitary style assault.

“Those who carried out this barbaric act do not represent the interests of the local community, nor do they contribute anything to it.

“They use violence to try and exert influence, or gain control of those they claim to represent.

“I am appealing to anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any information which could help our investigation to call 101 quoting reference number 2053 of 14/04/21. You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.”

Sinn Féin MLA Órlaithí Flynn has condemned the shooting in the Twinbrook area of West Belfast last night.

The West Belfast MLA said: “This attack happened near a hostel which is home to many young mothers and children. The area around it was sealed off and it was a very distressing and frightening experience for them and other local residents.

“This is not what the people of this area want or need and those responsible must stop.

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